I care about penmanship-- it's important that my handwriting be legible at least to me. I can't always type out my grocery list, or fill out forms on the computer, sometimes I have to write.
BeanBean is eager to write; I've been teaching him only because he becomes frustrated when others can't understand his handwriting. Honestly, I'll be kind of sad on the day that he stops putting extra legs on his E's,
: but I know that he'll be thrilled to present his grandmother with a story he's written with his own hands, especially if she's able to read it.
BizzyBug has the worst handwriting I've ever seen in a child. She is *extremely* frustrated by the fact that other people can't read her handwriting without her standing there explaining. She really wants to write letters to communicate with other people, and stories, but her handwriting is impossible to decipher. When I started doing handwriting work with her, she was thrilled beyond belief. She's so pleased when other people understand her handwriting. That said, I don't think she'll get the help that she needs in school, because she really needs individual instruction for a whole host of reasons.
Mike and his father have the same handwriting, and it's atrocious. It's barely legible, and I don't know how to explain it... it looks like their hands are shaking and they're just learning how to form cursive letters. The letters are large and loopy, but the lines are so shaky that you can't always tell what the words are. The first time I saw Mike's father's handwriting, I thought that Mike's sister had brought a student to the house for some reason, and s/he had left a note for someone on the fridge. It took me a good 20 minutes to realize that despite the fact that it looked like a child's handwriting, that note had to have been written by FIL. I do not want BeanBean to inherit that handwriting!
It's important to me that he be able to fill out forms and leave sticky notes and not have them mistaken for the work of a second or third grader when he's an adult. So I guess there's a bit more than legibility involved-- I think that a grownup's handwriting should look grown up.