Tidy handwriting is important, even in our keyboard-oriented society. For instance, should my Tall, Dark, and Slightly Neanderthal husband volunteer to go to the shop for me, it is helpful for him to be able to read my handwritten list, else he wanders the aisles, forlorn and confused, searching for “3 slicks buhhev, 4 looves gd breed, 1 carfon shlorbettirs”, and I am left butter-less, bread-less, and completely devoid of strawberries. This is not good.
It is also not good for him to leave a handwritten message for me, because I’m pretty sure he learned penmanship from a partially-blind Welsh physician with a fondness for Klingon language studies as a hobby. He merely draws sine and cosine waves, with the occasional atrial fibrillation, and some spare W’s tossed in as vowels. (There’s a reason the computer is on most of the time… he can leave a “sticky pixels” note on the desktop, and my brain does not explode trying to decipher things.)
Given their genetic inheritance, it’s a given that some measure of penmanship practice is going to be helpful to my offspring.
There’s no reason practice has to be dull, though. I’m not a big fan of standard copy-work pages, because they don’t have that thin schmear of sarcasm I find so fun. Instead, we use self-designed handwriting sheets, printable at Handwriting Worksheets. I like the “paragraph” mode for each style of writing.
Some phrases you might consider for slightly-snarky pre-teens and teens who currently have very messy handwriting:
- Tidy penmanship shows respect for myself and others. I am not a crusty heathen.
- This is penmanship. This is not stamping with chicken feet.
- Though my brother’s feet may stink, I may not describe the stink in disgusting detail to others.
- Those who have not seen and loved Dr Who are not guilty of desperate moral failings.
- If I cannot be a good example, I’ll have to serve as a terrible warning.
- Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time!
- The natural pen is an enemy to God.
- When I write sloppily, kittens cry.
Wouldn’t you have enjoyed penmanship class a bit more, if the exercises had related to your actual daily life?
Reason #734 Why Homeschooling Rocks: snarky penmanship copywork.