By tj1R1p3Nj4kiTm03. Word Scramble. At Wednesday, April 15th 2020, 01:33:36 AM.
Children learn the stick and ball/circles and lines approach to manuscript (printing) because they are neurologically ready for those skills by kindergarten; they can not do diagonal lines well until they are about 8 years old. That is why cursive, when taught, usually begins late 3rd or early/mid 4th grades. This next section may seem abstract because it is difficult to understand/communicate. Remember, child development is cumulative and when skills are not mastered, there is no foundation on which to build. The problem with those circles and lines is that they really reflect body awareness (very early skills developed in children), but at an abstract level (theoretically children can understand/apply the abstract when they have mastered the concrete/physical. Think about the fact that you have 3 midlines on your body: left/right (line drawn from the top of your head vertically down to between your legs); front/back (line drawn head to foot but centered if you were in silhouette); and top/bottom (line drawn across your waist). Hope you have those visuals. These concepts are also language concepts, and many children have language deficits in school. That is another article.
I am a Certified Handwriting Analyst who analyzes writing at private and corporate events and relates personality traits to people from the "paper mirror" of their handwriting. As a Handwriting Analyst, I find it jaw-dropping that the printing of children and many young adults has appears to be identical, reminiscent of the Stepford Wives movie of the past. Most scripts have huge lower-case letters (middle/mundane zone), and very short upper loops (upper/abstract zone). While less classroom time invested in cursive and penmanship skills could be the reason for the predominance of printing, it does not explain these specific, identical stroke changes to children has script. The dominant "middle zone" and short "upper zone" personify sweeping changes in the attitude of Generation Y and Z, vastly different in character from the Boomers and well on its way to be the new "universal" mind set.
This sounds like an awful lot, does not it! A good set of preschool worksheets should cover all of this, and more. In the preschool years, repetition is the key to learning, but you should look for worksheets that teach the same skills in a variety of ways. This not only prevents boredom setting in, but also reinforces the concepts by encouraging understanding as well. The importance of reading to your child cannot be emphasised enough, and you should encourage them to read as much as possible too.