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Any ideas of cursive curriculum for a kid with dysgraphia?

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April 10th, 2011, 02:16 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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Cameron has been diagnosed with dysgraphia and one of the suggestions for helping that is to teach him cursive using something easy for dysgraphic kids. Anyone have any ideas?

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April 10th, 2011, 08:10 PM
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What have you tried so far? Pentime Miguel does on his own, he'd rather try to stay in the lines than tracing it. Each book is only $5.25 so it may be worth a try.
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April 10th, 2011, 09:26 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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I don't know what "easy for dysgraphic kids" means, because I'm not familiar with techniques used to teach them. What about StartWrite, though? You can play around with several different styles to see what works best?

Dysgraphia aside, I really like Abeka and Pentime for cursive. It's the only two I've found (other than StartWrite, which includes everything) that have the traditional "loopy" style cursive letters in them. What I like about Abeka is that it starts in K4-K5, so the lines are larger, where most programs start in 3rd grade with skinny lines. For struggling writers, larger lines are better. Abeka is Christian, though, and I think you're doing 100% secular, right? If so, StartWrite would be better, because you can adjust the size of the lines as well. You can really do whatever you want with it. You can download the full version for free just to try it out, but the second time you use it, most of the keys will have been disabled. (You'll still have all the free graphics, though.)
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