ERIC Number: ED381911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-2
Reference Count: N/A
D'Nealian Handwriting versus Circle-Stick Print.
Thurber, Donald N.
This paper argues against teaching children to make letters using circle-stick writing. It contends that the circle-stick method requires continued pen/pencil lifts hindering rhythm or flow in the writing process and that there is little carry-over value into cursive writing as the two scripts are totally different. D'Nealian print, one type of continuous stroke print, is seen as advantageous because it is very legible, teaches a slanted print used in later cursive, develops a wholeness or gestalt of forming letters rather than splinter parts and makes allowances for individuality. In teaching of D'Nealian handwriting, emphasis is placed on size, shape, spacing, and slant, and lower case letters are taught first. Other important considerations in the teaching of handwriting include: paper and arm position for writing either right- or left-handed, line-width spacing for paper, lined versus unlined paper, copying versus tracing, pencil size, and pen/pencil grip. The paper concludes that circle-stick writing cannot be justified as an approach to the teaching of handwriting, as evidence supports continuous stroke manuscript print. (Contains 45 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: D Nealian Manuscript
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (San Antonio, TX, April 1993) re-presented with updated bibliography to the Michigan Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (March 2, 1995).