I started teaching the twins how to write their names in cursive about 4 months ago. These pictures show their progress.
We have now been practicing strokes within the lines. This has been challenging. I am praying that they do not have vision problems, but it is likely. Both twins have had surgery for strabismus and one of them has had to have it done twice. I am supposed to be patching an eye to correct a lazy eye issue, but have failed miserably at that. The other was diagnoses for glasses by one optometrist, but a second opinion was not in agreement. With the amount of time it is taking for both of them to write in the lines, I am concerned, but hope it is just because they are boys. I am not into drilling them to death, so we only spend a few minutes a day practicing. After they have mastered all of their strokes, keeping in the lines, I will begin to have them write their names on lined paper. In the meantime, I am going to start teaching them how to write their last name in cursive without lines, and then we will move on to the rest of the letters in the alphabet.
I am teaching my 4 year old twins cursive first, using the program with the same name. I used this program with my older 2, the ballerina and drummer boy, but I was too late in finding out the amazing benefits of teaching cursive before I had already taught them print. Now that they know how to write in cursive, my ballerina has turned it into an art form, and my “intellectually disabled” drummer boy writes more willingly and with much more ease than he does with print.
There are many developmental benefits in teaching cursive first. For starters, it eliminates the dyslexic tendencies of letter reversals. In addition, it’s flowing, connected movements, are much more developmentally appropriate for little one’s fine motor skills.
Although the twins are only 4, they really want to learn how to write their names, so I am using mutlisensory techniques to get them ready. In the colored sand, I have them practice making circles and have even begun to teach them the first letters in their names. We use play dough to practice top, middle, and bottom and to create standard cursive shapes, especially those prevalent in their names. I also guide them in writing letters on the chalk board and they also practice those movements with a pencil on a blank piece of paper. Their fine motor skills are not developed yet, so their movements are large, but they sure have fun trying and always cheer each other on. It is so cute to watch.
My next goals are to teach them the numbers on the face clock and expose them to the house diagram. It may be another year before they are really ready to start this program in its entirety, but I don’t want to quench their desire to learn by telling them that they are not ready. I’ll be updating with their progress. I can’t wait to see their beaming smiles when they are finally able to write their name.