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I know cursive is not really a needed skill these days, but my dd wants to learn, so I am asking. Did you do anything? What? We've looked at some books and other things on line and in stores but haven't made any decisions, but i wondered your unschooling experiences with it. If any. TIA. I wrotoe some things and she traced them, but she didn't really like that much. We have an old D'Nealian Handwriting book from when my older dd attended school that she is looking at.
 

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Ugh...We had to learn cursive when I was 8...I HATED it!!! lol - I think it didnt help that once my parents knew thats what we were learning they had to turn something fun into something horrible by making me write that way over and over again and if I got a letter wrong I got punished for it!...<br><br>
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How about youtube? Would she like to watch others doing it and practicing it on a paper?<br><br>
Or books where she can write over a letter with extra lines to practice doing it without tracing over a letter?<br><br>
Then she can do it on her own terms of course and work at her own pace.
 

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Dd became interested when she was about 9 if I'm remembering right. I showed her the letters and she'd copy them on a dry erase white board and/or a notebook. We also got a workbook from the bookstore that was all about cursive writing. The dry erase board was really helpful and easy because the markers were so easily "glide" and I think that lends itself well to cursive letters.<br><br>
She doesn't use cursive all the time now, but sometimes she thinks it's fun.
 

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Rain learned to wrote her name, and at some point she was learning a letter a day (I was just putting it on the white board), but she lost interest... she can read cursive, most of the time, but can't really write it.<br><br>
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lol Tryin' to cover my bum...my dd wants ideas. I am not sure if people who read here read there or vice versa. I don't want to miss a good idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Oh I totally understand. I was just feeling dumb because I didn't see it here at first lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh">
 

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nic asked when he was 5 how to write his name in cursev, so we did what unschoolnma did and sat with a white board and i wrote it while he watched several times and then he just copied. he only knows his name though<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My dd was 12 when she decided she wanted to learn cursive. She found a tutorial through google images (the page of letters with the arrows indicating what direction to draw in.) Then she took some of her favorite poetry and copied it into script.<br><br>
That was it.<br><br>
Ds1 signs his name, but otherwise prints. He can read script--he just never felt the need to write it.
 

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When dd14 now in school was unschooled, she wanted to learn cursive, I think after we read the book "Muggie Maggie" (about a girl who is sort of tricked into learning cursive so she can read her teacher's notes). She asked me to write the letters, and she copied them and practiced. We had a wipe off type book too that I found at a used book store I think. It took a few days. She also liked being able to read the sections of the "Babysitter books" that were in cursive. Her cursive is completely at age level.<br><br>
Ds11 who is in school but hasn't been taught cursive (English as a second language) figured it out mostly by himself, and then asked me to demonstrate a few letters. He can read it and sign his name, but not much else.<br><br>
DH learned how to write cursive in school (2nd language) and writes it very precisely and childishly. Personally, I scribble in a half print/half script style.<br><br>
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When Bridget was 7 or 8 (sorry, my memory sucks) she wanted to learn. We did a letter a day for awhile. Every day I'd write a letter and she'd practice it for awhile. As we added new letters we came up with words we could write with the ones we'd already covered. We spent maybe 5 minutes a day for awhile (because that's how much she wanted to do). Got to around "N" and she lost interest so that was that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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If she wants to learn, I suggest you get her the Handwriting Without Tears handbook. It builds very nicely, begining with "magic c." You can order it from Amazon:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FCursive-Handwriting-Contracted-Jan-Olsen%2Fdp%2F189162704X%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_5%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1205266500%26sr%3D8-5" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Cursive-Handwr...5266500&sr=8-5</a><br><br>
It's not very fancy cursive, it is a little block-like, but it is an easy style to learn. If she wants more fanciful writing, maybe she would enjoy one of the caligraphy kits.
 

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When my son was 6 he begged and begged me to "let him learn cursive" (!!!) So I told him that once he learned how to print nicely I would reward him with a cursive book (sorry guys, he's just great like that, lol!) So I dug up a cursive book and gave it to him, he lost interest before he made it through, but he can read in cursive and is now 7 and can write very nicely when he feels like it, (like when writing letters to penpals or lists of his toys or whatever). I've been blessed with one boy who is very easy to unschool, today we were reading about math and after reading about the regrouping subtraction problems he got excited and said "Oh I love this kind of problem!" Don't get too jealous though guys I've also been blessed with 2 other boys who are the total opposite of this. Hopefully my newest will be this easy!
 

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ds 7 is learning to write 'curly' these days... when he feels like it. his printing is not stellar by any means but he sure is a FAST TYPER...<br><br>
I figure in time they will learn.
 

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My elder girls picked up the Getty-Dubay cursive italic workbooks (level C or D, I think) at around age 8-10 and with a month or so of fairly painless regular practice learned to write cursive. They liked the look of the cursive italic and the fact that it was very similar to manuscript handwriting. That made the learning curve enjoyable and simple for them.<br><br>
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Montessori has some interesting ways of learning letters: they start the kids out with script... I would emphasize the connections between print letters and cursive letters to make it interesting for a 8/9 year-old. Cursive is really just an easier way of writing, if you want to write a lot. It's just connected letters, kwim.
 

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After looking at a bunch of books and online ideas, dd decided to use the old D'nealian handwriting book from her sister. Thanks for all the thoughts about this. I like that everyone found a way that was interesting to their particular kid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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my kids all were motivated to learn to write their name in cursive when they had to sign checks they recieved for birthdays, etc.<br><br>
I would just write out their name in cursive and they would practice it. In the teen years they seem to want to have nice handwriting which seems to motivate them to experiment with cursive.
 
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