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    Cursive Handwriting
    By Virginia

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    When I taught second grade and introduced cursive handwriting to my class, I found these incentives to be very helpful:

    I laminated a sheet of posterboard and titled it with the caption "Handwriting Hall of Fame". I would be sure to give every child a chance to be in the Handwriting Hall of Fame, but I would choose extra neat papers to display weekly in the hallway outside our classroom. It was a real hit.

    Also, I designed a "permit" and a "Handwriting License" for each of my students. At the beginning of the year, the students completed information on a special form as an application for a "Permit". Students had to provide their full name, hair and eye color, birthdate, and room number on the permit application.

    Once a student demonstrated neat and legible handwriting, I issued a "Handwriting License" (I designed it to look like a driver's license). This license authorized the student to complete all work in cursive handwriting. Parents and students just loved these licenses!

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