My daughter writes in (when she does it carefully) beautiful curly cursive - especially the capital letters! But I saw how they had to practise them in her workbook, and the severe teacher she had this year would mark the tiniest error, like the absence of a curl!
In Germany I learned cursive too, but without the cute curls!
That's funny!! I don't think any adult writes in cursive, so I don't know why it's taught to children. I think print is easier and much more useful. When I asked my daughter's teacher, she said it's easier for them to tell D and P apart, but I don't know whether this is just her personal opinion.
I didn't know this about Vacaciones Santillana, so I went to their webpage, and you're right, Nellie: They have infantil for age 3, 4 and 5. Infantil is what comes right before Primary school, and it's 3 years (age 3 to 4, age 4 to 5 and age 5 to 6). If your daughter just finished her first year of school, the right one for her is the one for 3 year olds. I just learned something today!
That's funny!! I don't think any adult writes in cursive, so I don't know why it's taught to children. I think print is easier and much more useful.
It probably depends on what you've learned first and what works better for yourself. I've always written in cursive, including when I had to take notes in speed-writing during university lectures. I simplified several letters (especially the curlier ones!) but I always write in cursive. However, when I purposely use the cursive as I was taught at school, curls and all, when I write messages for my daughter on the whiteboard or when I write in her exercise book for her to copy, I have to consciously make all those loops and curls, and I find it harder. My mom, a retired middle school teacher, tried to write her letters to my daughter in that cursive but said it put a strain on her hand, so she reverted to her usual cursive which is like mine adapted/simplified.
Long story short, I'm not sure why they learn all those curls, except that they are very pretty.
I'll ask my daughter to write a short sentence with her fountain pen that I may share here. (The teacher my daughter had in second grade writes in the cursive straight from the cursive manual. It looks perfect. I have no idea how she does it.)
Sorry for this off-topic topic. Back to holiday workbooks in Spanish.
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