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School starts in 2 weeks and I just found out I have to teach d'nealian instead of zaner-bloser handwriting! Does anyone use d'nealian? I've read a lot of criticism regarding the 'supposed benefits' of d'nealian for the transition to cursive handwriting. Has anyone had any experience with both styles and have a preference? Thanks so much


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I had to "learn" DN years ago. Then while I was raising kids, we switched to ZB.

I now naturally write DN and making name tags and such is difficult for me to switch. YIKES>
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Seems to me that since cursive is kind of going out of style that the reasons for teaching D'nealian are kind of null and void.
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I teach D'Nealian
Old 08-23-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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and hate it. I seriously don't know why I have to teach something that lends itself to cursive when cursive is [I]barely[I] taught in the upper grades! I wish our district would switch!
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I can't figure out how to attach stuff. Do you have a direct email I could have and I'll send you a d'nealian font chart with a verbal path I teach the kids to use based on just a few strokes. I combined the Peterson method of handwriting with d'nealian.

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I've taught 5 different types of cursive!
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I like D'Nealian printing, but I didn't really find it to be any easier a transition to cursive than Zaner-Bloser. I have been doing the "modernized" version of ZB for quite a few years now. It works well.

The switching has been when I've changed schools. I was unable to reuse some of my bulletin board signs, etc. (I do think it is important to have the correct model available)
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Old 08-23-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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Writing is difficult for kinders, especially being neat . Why would districts want to start cursive in kinder?!?!
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I've taught both
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While I prefer d'nealian for manuscript I have not found that it is any easier to transition to cursive than zaner-bloser.
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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Thanks Marion- My email is dibello6#verizon.net. I have a curriculum meeting tomorrow and both the 1st/2nd grade teacher (she's not happy either) and I are going to voice our concerns regarding the switch. Every center, chart and poster in my room is zb and I think this will only confuse the children. Anything you have will be appreciated! Thanks so much!
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2 DN advantages
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We made the transition from ZB to DN about 10 years ago.

Two advanges to DN that I found:

- when doing ZB the kids always wanted to write their lower case "e" the DN way, now they can and I do NOT have to correct it.

- when doing ZB the girls always wanted to put "monkey tails" on their letters - with DN they can!
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