Showing posts with label teaching cursive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teaching cursive. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Art Teacherin' 101: Episode 9

I recently created this Cursive Writing Dry Erase Board for a couple of reasons: it opens up another activity for my early-finishers and it introduces my students to the fine motorin' fun of cursive handwriting which is no longer apart of our state curriculum. In this Art Teacherin' 101, I'll share with you what options my early finishers have in my art room. I'll also show you how I created this fun and cheap Cursive Writing Dry Erase Board!
Just a little back history about me, I didn't attend an elementary school that offered art. In fact, I didn't have art classes until 7th grade! So my art fix came in the form of those purple ditto sheets with lines and lines of cursive writing practice. I loved getting my kitten mittens on those cool purple worksheets (y'all have to be a person of a certain age to even understand what it is I'm talkin' about!). Sadly, cursive writing was removed from our curriculum a couple of years ago and replaced with keyboarding. KEYBOARDING, Y'ALL. Don't they know the proven benefits to having children write in cursive?! So I'm on an art teacherin' mission to bring it back:
Now, I didn't come up with this idea of cursive writing boards. You can purchase them on several websites. However, the cheapest I've seen them is $6. Picking up those lined boards for a dollar at Target was a great buy. It took me maybe 5 minutes to write up the letters and paint with ModPodge. 
I'll be interested to see how my students take to this new early finisher activity. Many of them are already fascinated with cursive writing and want to learn. I'm kinda thinking that introducing them to calligraphy might be fun as well. I had a set as a kid and it was one of my favorite things. 
What are some of your favorite early finisher activities in your art room? Would you ever give Cursive Writing Dry Erase Boards a go? 

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