ERIC Number: ED227474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
D'Nealian Manuscript--An Aid to Reading Development.
Thurber, Donald N.
A new method of continuous stroke manuscript print called D'Nealian Manuscript is challenging the traditional circle-stick method of teaching children how to write. The circle-stick uses component or splinter parts to form whole letters. Children are forced to form all writing with verticle lines and to learn a manuscript print that goes nowhere. Moreover, large pencils are usually recommended and the letters are presented in unnecessarily large print. The D'Nealian method, on the other hand, presents letter forms similar to standard print, has carryover skills to cursive writing, and eliminates many of the errors of circle-stick writing. All letters are made with a continuous stroke except to dot the "i" and "j" and cross the "f" and "t." Children also begin to write on near standard-sized paper. They use a pencil size that feels comfortable to their grip and may write letters with a back, vertical, or typical right-hand slant. Letters are presented in groups of similar construction, and as a letter is introduced it is immediately used in a word. Basic vocabulary is thus enhanced, along with left-to-right eye movement and directionality. Because children can write words more easily and sooner with D'Nealian, it is an important aid to reading development. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: D Nealian Manuscript
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Reading Association (27th, Grand Rapids, MI, March 13-15, 1983).