my3sons wrote:What a good discussion this is here! Some very good thoughts have been shared, and you and your dh can weigh what's best for your ds considering all the different thoughts represented. I'll add my 2 cents to the thread, and you can ponder that as well. Since ds has already been through multiple cursive programs (3 already), and it is not a behavior concern, I'd be apt to have him print almost everything. Technically, it is like he has already done cursive for 3 years having done 3 programs, and that is what HOD advocates (1 year in Bigger Hearts along with maintaining print, 1 in PHFHG along with maintaining print, and 1 in CTC along with maintaining print, then choose between print/cursive in RTR on up). I taught various grades in ps through the years (2, 3, 4 and 6), and I can tell you that it does become quite clear over time whether a child will be able to adequately convey their ideas best in print or cursive. It sounds like it is clear ds conveys his ideas best in print. It is actually quite important that dc can READ different types of cursive - can ds do that? "Cheerful Cursive" helped my dc be able to read cursive quite well. To keep up his cursive a bit, he can continue to write his name in cursive, and perhaps write 1 sentence each week in cursive, looking at a model you have written for him to copy. He can even trace it if you write it in pencil, if you prefer. I'd also have him continue reading people's cursive to keep this skill sharp. We have our dc read aloud the b-day cards they receive, for example, as many different styles of cursive and print are used. Those are just my thoughts though - you and your dh will know what is best for your ds! HTH!
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