What Language is Cursive?

One day when my kids were all much younger, one of them asked me during school, “Mamma, what language is cursive?” I had pretty much decided to let my kids continue to believe that cursive is another language. I mean, who really uses it anymore in our computer age? It seems to have all but become obsolete. MyHero trumped my decision which he is always free to do.

So now my kids have to do daily cursive writing practice. We use a workbook which I have laminated. This way my kids can all share and reuse the same pages as many times as they need to. I simply assign one page, front and back per day. They use a dry erase marker and I check it when they are done.

Now that my kids seem to have a pretty decent handle on what each of the cursive letters are, and that they are not some foreign language, I’m starting something new. One day a week they will have to write each of their spelling words in cursive three times. The cool thing is that www.spellingcity.com provides a quick and easy way to print spelling pintables for this. They’ll be learning their spelling words and cursive at the same time!

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LBP2 Night!

We are having a LBP2 night tonight! Some of you are wondering, “What in the heck is an LBP and should I be worried that there are two of them?” It stands for Little Big Planet. I know, that really clears things up for you! It’s only the coolest game in the imaginosphere! Not only do you get your very own Sack Person, but you can dress him or her anyway you want. Plus, after you’ve played all the levels in Story Mode, you can go to your “Moon” and create your own levels!

I’m thinking there have GOT to be all kinds of homeschooling  applications within this game! After all, we homeschoolers are all about unconventional learning! For one thing they are learning to work as a team as their little Sack People have to figure out how to get through the different levels. They also learn problem solving as they work through different puzzles. At the top of the list is that they are stretching their creativity as they come up with and make levels of their own.

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