Top 10 Reasons to Practise Cursive Style
The children need to focus on cursive letter formation firstly, so we don't join letters together in Senior Infants. You will notice slight gaps between each letter.
I have attached some cursive and print style templates. These can be adjusted to suit children's writing size, personal details, and daily news over the coming weeks. I ruled blank pages in two colours, which will help with letter placement. The yellow page is the official cursive style that we follow in school.
Take a look at attachments under blog post 2/4/20 for further practice on pencil control and print handwriting.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO FOCUS ON CAPITAL LETTERS, FULL STOPS AND FINGER SPACES.
According to www.memoriapress.com, cursive handwriting has numerous mental, physical, social and practical benefits:
Here is a link to reading band levels:
The following is a general guide on how the reading levels can be interpreted in this scheme. Try a few books to get a better sense of reading level. Some levels will be for older children.
Lilac/Band0: These are wordless books, with pictures only. Suitable for pupils who find reading very challenging at Senior Infant level and cannot sound out or identify any words.
Pink A/Band 1A + Pink B/Band 1B: Lower ability
Red A/Band 2A + Red B/Band 2B: Middle ability
Yellow/Band 3 + all other bands: Upper ability
In upper ability books, check fluency, some awareness of punctuation and/or grammar and the use of expression. Comprehension skills can be developed by discussing characters, setting, problem and solution (children are familiar with these terms in school).