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Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:46 pm
by memmerrill
So I guess most of us are in agreement that teaching both at the same time avoids some confusion later?

~gardening momma

No, not everyone here agrees that is the best way to do it, but I do! :)

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:10 pm
by elliemaejune
gardening momma wrote:No problem...I understand.

So I guess most of us are in agreement that teaching both at the same time avoids some confusion later?


I'm not sure we're in agreement, lol.

I prefer Spalding's method: Teach lower case first and primarily, teach upper case as necessary, along with the rule for using upper case (proper nouns, first letter in a sentence, etc.).

I have read many messages from parents on other forums who taught upper case first and then spent *years* remediating because their dc used upper-case letters indiscriminately in their writing.

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:56 pm
by Ophelia
While we introduced both capital and lowercase letters to the children at the same time, we began teaching them to write with capital letters. I do so regret that. They write everything in all capitals!

I'm starting to think that it would have been better to teach them to write the lowercase letters first and then teach them when and where a capital letter is appropriate.

When the baby gets old enough to learn to write I think I will teach him lowercase letters first.

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:04 pm
by memmerrill
Thanks for sharing your experience, Ophelia. I'll definitely keep that in mind as I choose handwriting curriculum!

Lower Case First

Posted: Thu May 01, 2008 11:21 am
by fullhandswith3
I believe that it is most important to teach lower case first because that is what children see most of the time when reading. The vaste majority of letters in books are the lower case. I teach the lower case at 3 and the upper case at 4 years.