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My daughter is learning to write in first grade. That is normal…kids in the US even start in Kindergarten. Right?

The difference is that due to the strictness of my daughter’s Swiss teacher my daughter’s handwriting is now better than my own.

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  • Anne November 14, 2009, 2:48 pm

    They start with the letters in preschool here. In our schools they start writing words in kindergarten- and reading in kindergarten as well. By the time they finish kindergarten, they should be able to read at least 120 words on sight (and be able to write them, too). In 1st grade, they are expected to start the year knowing how to write the sight words from K. and also how to write by sound (basically get all the consonants) for harder words. Our schools teach Denealian writing which is VERY similar to your sample of writing- basically no sticks and circles like we were taught- it’s like cursive without connection. It helps them transfer to cursive in 2nd grade. The biggest difference between my friend’s children in France and my boys here is that her children started off writing teeny-tiny letters from the beginning whereas here, the letters are all about an inch big- and they slowly shrink down. In 2nd grade they are writing fairly small and by 3rd grade, they are on regular notebook paper. And yes, far more emphasis is put on penmanship in Europe than in the US.

  • Katie November 15, 2009, 4:49 am

    Wow, that looks REALLY nice! Good Job! :-)

  • Pumpkin November 15, 2009, 8:19 pm

    Anne, It is interesting that all these schools and countries do it all a little different but in the end there isn’t so much difference once people get out into the workforce. Or perhaps, I am wrong about that. I don’t know. I would love to see how workers from differnent countries fare against each other in different fields and if so why.

    By the way, my oldest daughter who has been schooled in the US her whole life has exactly the same handwriting as I do. I did spend a lot of time teaching her to write at home but it is still interesting because I cannot tell our handwriting apart. As for the other two girls (not including my son because boys generally don’t write the same as girls)…I am sure our handwriting will be nothing alike. It doesn’t really matter to me but it is still kinda strange for me.

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