The Montessori method is a little peculiar in that it starts with cursive as opposed to print. Henry has been working on cursive for the past two years in PK3 and PK4. He's never been particularly interested in a lot of fine motor activities, so his writing is coming along slowly. My hope is that he has a strong command of cursive writing by the start of 1st grade (but not at the expense of loving writing).
Here are the things we are doing to support the development of his writing:
- We asked his teacher for lined paper so we can encourage him to continually add to the list of things he wants for Christmas and his birthday. Writing for authentic reasons is so motivating!
- Try to see if he'll spend a little time each day practicing with this cursive dry erase board.
- I'm thinking about getting him some more art activities (like stencils) to continue to develop his hand!
P.S. Henry's story reads: "In the morning, we eat breakfast."