Child Led Learning: Teaching Cursive to Willful Writers

I wasn’t planning to teach cursive just yet, but my third grader suddenly started writing in a self-taught version of cursive that was somewhat difficult to read, and honestly looked difficult to write.

When I handed him this book he was not exactly thrilled.

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STEP 1: Introducing cursive to your child who already knows everything

That is when I established what I call, The Weird Mom Cursive Writing Lesson Plan. Now, this, which took years (minutes) to master, is basically when you write crazy sentences in  cursive and then nonchalantly hand them over to your unsuspecting child and ask him to trace them. Wait, they will initially roll their eyes. This will pass. Once they read the ridiculousness, they will then trace said sentences in perfect penmanship.

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STEP 2: The CURVE ball 

Lesson number two. You – still unassuming. Stay cool. Your child will expect similar sentences, do not give in to his inherent need to be right about everything. This will indeed elicit more eye rolling. Instead, play to the contrarian side of your child. You know, the side where you are always wrong and he is always right? Yes, you get me.

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Once your darling child sees these words, they will immediately disagree. No, Mom is wrong. This is easy. So easy. See? See how easy I do this cursive stuff? It’s child’s play.

STEP 3: Back to basics

Now, they have played right into your hand. Oh also, did you know that homeschooling requires quite a bit of psychoanalysis? Oh yes, absolutely because this is when you reintroduce the workbook! Oh cursive is so easy right? You wouldn’t mind doing a few pages in here, would ya? Of course not.

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Now here they are, begging for more crazy cursive sentences. This practice writing is… BORING. So boring. Go ahead, give them what they want.

Now here is the trick –warning – this can be annoying to excessively right, strong willed children. While they do the silly sentences you direct them – up, down, backward, forward and so on. And a crazy thing will happen – all of your other children (I only have two, but you may have 12) will want to do this project too and viola! You’ve also just taught cursive to your 5-year-old who is now considered a kindergarten genius.

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Step 4: Yes, this counts as a step, don’t question me.

You are welcome. Go have a glass of wine. You’ve done your hard work for today. Make them do that two digit multiplication on their own. They don’t need you for that! Have them read a book on Roosevelt. Make yourself a chocolate sundae. Okay, I’m rambling. It’s Friday. I’ve done all of the education I can for one week. Let me know if this crazy scheme works for you!

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