A man's penmanship is an unfailing index of his character, moral and mental, and a criterion by which to judge his peculiarities of taste and sentiments.
~Philip Dormer Stanhope
We have been working so diligently with Gage on his penmanship. To Gage, lines on a page mean nothing....or, perhaps they are a mere suggestion as to where he should place letters, but they are certainly not anything that would demand honoring. Upper case? Lower case? No matter in his world...
That is, until his 100s on spelling tests started to dip. Why? Because now, the upper case and lower case letters matter. Because now, there are sentences to consider, and punctuation in addition to proper spelling.
So this week, our spelling homework took 40 minutes. In the end, it wasn't perfect, but it was a true reflection of his care and thought that went into crafting each letter. I don't care if I am being overly sentimental about this. I am so proud of this work!
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