Cursive, Day 1: Qapla`!

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Mikey likes it! He learned lowercase “a” and “d” today, and so was able to spell out “dad” a couple of times, which made him happy. I ended up teaching him by demonstration, letting him focus on the “deconstructed” letter that was shown at the top of the page, then made up phrases describing the shapes and directions he was supposed to make with his pencil to make a proper cursive “a” and “d”. I stole the first part from the Sparklebox website, which describes the leading curve as a “caterpillar”, so I chanted as I guided his hand “make a caterpillar, then curve back and around, sweep up, then down, and make a tail”. He chanted this over and over while tracing the practice letters, and seemed to enjoy it quite a lot, until his wrist started cramping up. I think one of the problems that causes him to have wrist pain is that he doesn’t hold the paper down with his left hand, and so he presses hard into the paper to prevent it from shifting or something.
So I shake raise my pencil/batleth high and shout “Qapla!”

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