Anyway, for the past four years I have been using an approach that I found online that has been very successful in terms of getting my students to learn and love cursive writing. As such I found it fitting today to give you a little idea of what it is all about.
The Loops and Other Groups Writing System is a kinesthetic approach to the teaching of cursive writing that was developed by Mary D. Benbow. This system uses the similarity of formation or movement patterns of both lower-case and upper-case letters as its base.
The lower-case letters are divided into groups. They are as follows:
The Clock Climbers- a, d, g, q, c
Kite Strings- i, u w, t, j, p, r, s,o
Loop Group- h, k, b, f, l, e
Hills and Valleys- n, m, v, y, x, z
These groups are taught in its entirety before the upper-case letters are taught. When they are mastered the focus then becomes the upper-case letters. They are:
Slim 7 Group- P, R, B, H, K
Umbrella Tops and Eggs- C, E, A, O, Q
High Hills and Deep Valleys- N, M, U, V, Y
The entire system is a bit pricey so I recommend it as a great investment for schools. However, with only the basic knowledge of these letter groups I assure you, it makes learning cursive handwriting fun! I have found that teaching the letters in these groups brings fantastic writing results!
Below are images from the web.
Click HERE for sample ideas from Mrs Brott's.