Recently I realized that our oldest daughter was writing her Story of the World chapter summaries in as few words as possible. Because she’s always been an avid writer, this change worried me…and then I realized I was the cause of it!
You see, she has lovely cursive handwriting when she tries, but she tends to scratch out her stories and reports, and I was harping on her to use better handwriting on her summaries. In my defense, I was trying to limit the amount of work the big girls have to do each day by combining handwriting, history and writing, but Andrew Pudewa from IEW says that writing and handwriting and even spelling all use different parts of the brain, so we need to choose one to focus on at a time.
Rather than continuing down this (obviously very wrong) path, I made a deal with her that we wouldn’t worry about the handwriting in her summaries anymore—and I actually have her read them to me rather than reading them myself so I don’t even have to resist the temptation to comment on it!—and she’d do a handwriting sheet each day separately.
In an effort to make handwriting somewhat “fun”, I used quotes from some of her favorite books—Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Since I was making these for her anyway, I added them to our printables collection as well!