SmithHand MANUSCRIPT method
Origin of the SmithHand MANUSCRIPT Method
For many years now, manuscript (printing) has been
taught as a preparation for cursive writing. Over the years, two problems have
developed with traditional methods. The first is that manuscript methods have
lost all connection to cursive writing, and the second is the cursive method
itself. "Stick and ball" manuscript writing does not train students for any
cursive method, and cursive methods in use for many years do not train students
to write a practical cursive hand. Many forms now read "Please Print" because
traditional cursive writing methods have failed.
Recently, some curriculum suppliers looked at this
problem and decided to change things. Since "stick and ball" manuscript methods
have to be "unlearned" to teach cursive, why not just start children in cursive
and skip manuscript altogether? Over the past few years, the teaching of
manuscript and cursive writing has been moved into earlier and earlier grade
levels. Some suppliers now begin cursive writing at the kindergarten level and
skip manuscript altogether!
There is a problem with this, also. Very few children
acquire the motor skills to begin cursive writing in kindergarten. Teaching
manuscript has served as a skill-appropriate task for children K-3 in the past.
But because manuscript methods used "stick and ball" in preparation for cursive
methods which do not work, choosing to eliminate manuscript and jumping into
unworkable cursive methods in kindergarten does not address the real problem.
Developmentally, children need the simpler manuscript training because of their
motor skills levels. Skipping it does not solve the problem. Yet they need a
manuscript method which does not have to be "unlearned" to learn cursive
We at SmithHand have created a solution to both of these
problems. SmithHand Manuscript Method has been designed to train beginning
writers to make simple letters in a way that prepares them for the SmithHand
Cursive Writing Method. Instead of having to be "unlearned," our manuscript
method actually prepares students for cursive writing by teaching the proper
principles of letter formation and slant combined with physical comfort.
SmithHand Manuscript Method should be used to develop
coordination leading to good printing. When manuscript has been mastered, the
student has the proper preparation for SmithHand, The Cursive Writing Method
That Works. SmithHand cursive flows naturally from our manuscript method,
leading to a legible and attractive, yet practical, cursive hand. The student
who has mastered both methods will have a solid and useful manuscript hand and a
legible and pleasing cursive hand. Our model alphabets can be written properly
and easily by the typical student. It is no longer necessary to reinvent a
method that works after instruction has been completed
Our methods are original, created to deliver practical
results in a way students can master. Our methods are complete, with no
extraneous material. They teach only manuscript writing and cursive writing, so
there are no graded books to buy year after year. Use the correctly lined
practice pads to learn the method, then use them to continue proper training by
writing assignments from other subjects. When good habits become second nature,
use ordinary lined paper.
SmithHand© Writing Methods can solve many of the most
common handwriting problems.
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