My daughter is 6 years old and has just started in an Aussie state primary school. She's entered into Year 1. For the last 2 years while attending a normal state school in England she has been taught cursive (joined up) handwriting. Over the last few days she has been coming home some what distressed saying that her teacher can't read her writing and she needs to print her letters and not join them up, 'they don't do it in my class'.
So I had a quick chat with her teacher who confirmed that, no they don't teach joined up writing, she now needs to print her letters. So basically un-do/un-learn all that she has been taught in the uk. I came away from talking to the teacher thinking, yeah ok, she needs to fit in and i don't want her to worry. But on reflection, does it really matter? Should i accept the 'un-handwriting' sheets to practice at home?
Handwriting is so individual and unique to that person. As long as it is legible and neat (more so than a Dr's) what's the real problem? Is she going to be tested on it in school?
I know through experience that when a Spanish or French (European educated )pupil enters the UK teaching system that they are not 'pulled' up on their handwriting.
Any other parents out there experienced similar problems?