Student Body: Kindergarten through fifth grade
Rationale: Our goal is to create fluent writers who can express themselves well because their handwriting has become automatic to them. Handwriting is a skill de-emphasized in current years due to ever increasing pressure in the literacy skills content area. Then why still teach it?
- Students still need to know how to write by hand. There are times when this is unavoidable.
- Good handwriting makes a good impression. Test evaluators’ score higher on neat, legible papers.
- Teaching handwriting boosts proficiency. As handwriting, spelling, and grammar become more automatic, students can concentrate on content.
- Illegible handwriting wastes time and money.
- All children will receive handwriting instruction in all elementary grade levels using the Zaner-Bloser method of instruction.
- Consumable handwriting workbooks will be purchased for all students in grades one through five.
- Teachers will begin cursive instruction in grade three.
- Teachers in grades 4/5 will provide direct handwriting instruction.
- Teachers in grades four and five will expect cursive handwriting on all assignments unless otherwise instructed. Cursive should be the expected form of writing in grades four, and five.