handwriting lesson for kids

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Thu Jan 11 16:30:19 UTC 2007

SignWriting List
January 11, 2007

Cherie and Donna -
I shipped a box of donated materials for your classroom to Georgia  
School for the Deaf, yesterday by Fed-Ex, so you should receive the  
box today...I am so happy about the kids learning SignWriting tomorrow!

Inside the box is the Level 1 Workbooks, where kids can color...it is  
a coloring book, and a writing book...one sign is introduced, and  
then the kids are asked to write each symbol in that sign by hand, in  
rows...but not in Handwriting....but in Hand-Printing....the same  
symbols the way they look when they are printed by computer...

This is important because all beginning writers need to get to know  
the symbols well, before jumping into fast-shortened-writing...There  
is no rush. Kids have a right to learn to write slowly and carefully  
in the beginning...Learning slowly and carefully is very important to  
give a foundation to learning...

Fast-shortened-writing, what I call Handwriting, is for advanced  
readers and writers who already know the symbols very very well...who  
can assume knowledge of the signs and the writing system, if  
something is hard to read later...

I am glad, when I was a child, our society was less rushed and busy.  
We took several years to learn to hand-print properly, before  
learning handwriting...

Tell us how it goes...smile...

Val ;-)


On Jan 9, 2007, at 6:14 AM, CWren at doe.k12.ga.us wrote:

> Val, As you know, Donna and I will begin teaching the kids this  
> friday... would you recommend starting them with handwriting  
> symbols, since that is primarily what they will be doing at first,  
> or with the full symbols as done in the computer, since that is  
> what they will be reading primarily...  Does my question make  
> sense?  Should I do up a handwritten version of Hickory Dickory,  
> for example, rather than use the computer printed one, since they  
> will not be using the computer themselves right away?  Which symbol  
> set should they learn first?
> ---------------------------------
> Cherie Wren
> GSD Staff Interpreter
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> Cave Spring, GA 30124
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