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Elementary School Curriculum. First Year: Penmanship

by Edith C. Barnum 1906

Object of Writing in the First Grade When the child first enters school, especially if he has had no Kindergarten training, he shows a decided lack in muscular control. For this reason the early writing is done on the blackboard where large, free movements are possible. Such movements strengthen the muscles and develop the power to control them. In order that the pupils may have this freedom of Grade motion, it is necessary that they stand erect and away a little from the blackboard, and that they have a clear mental picture of what they are to write. Much of the cramped, slow writing, characteristic of little children, results from the fact that they have not this clear picture before they begin to write. From the first lesson, the children are made to feel that they must not begin a word until they know how it looks, and that having once begun they must not stop writing until it is finished, that is, they must not write one letter at a time, but must write continuously.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 1, 1906, p. 91-92
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11592, Date Accessed: 7/20/2018 5:04:52 AM

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