updated May 2, 2020
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Traditionally, Waldorf schools have taught the Capital Letters in first grade and the Lowercase Letters in second grade.
Some classroom teachers and
homeschooling families prefer to teach these both in first grade, both so that children can read more environmental print (not much
is written in completely uppercase letters) and so that the correct pathways for forming the letters
can be established as early as possible. Children not taught how to form lowercase letters often invent their own
incorrect methods, which are then extremely difficult to unlearn. Muscle memory forms quickly at this age!
When Steiner advocated for the teaching of letters via shape-pictures (you can find MUCH more about this in
Teaching Language Arts in the Waldorf School: A Compendium of Excerpts From the Foundations of Waldorf
Education Series collected by Roberto Trostli), he himself said that you cannot present every single
letter in this way because it would take far too long.
In my classroom, I've chosen to present every uppercase letter with a shape-picture,
quicken the process for the Lowercase Letters block. My teaching notes for the eight stories are below.
I got my Real Script training with Rebecca Loveless and I highly recommend
her class! She teaches via Zoom, so it is easy to learn from her, wherever you are in the world.
There is also a book, but it is easiest to learn penmanship when you are watching someone form the letters in real time.
Putting Pen to Paper: Principles and Practice of Handwriting
by Melvyn Ramsden
The Question of Fountain Pens
Rebecca recommends a fountain pen because of the ease of flow of the ink and the weight of the pen, which sits nicely
balanced in a child's hand. You don't have to push hard for it to make a mark! Forcing
a pencil to write is tiring. These factors, plus the letter formation
pathways themselves, make Script the healthiest most ergonomic of style of writing,
causing the least fatigue for the child.
If you are using fountain pens I use and highly recommend
Pilot Fountain Pen Medium Stainless Steel Nib - Metropolitan Collection (silver, gold, black)
Pilot Fountain Pen Medium Stainless Steel Nib - Retro Pop Collection (super fun colors)
refill fountain pen ink cartridges - black
If you are beginning Lowercase Letters in first grade,
or you feel your child is still working on regulating pressure and will find a fountain pen frustrating
(bent nibs, pools of ink on the paper) then another option is
Pentel Energel pens. These are what I am using in my classroom with the first & second
graders; I move my third graders up to fountain pens.
"Letters form as the rain falls and as the wind blows, but NOT as the grass grows."
introduction to Chancery Script (the teacher must be trained on this beforehand)
explain origins of terms "uppercase" and "lowercase" and "capital"
look at capitals in interior photos of Rudolf Steiner's First Goetheanum
show a vintage wooden case for movable type
read Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press by Bruce Koscielniak
read The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane by C.M. Millen
color illuminated letters from Colour Your Own Medieval Alphabet
Emblem < u >
demonstrate how to form all of the lowercase letters in emblem < u >
Emblem < n >
demonstrate how to form all of the lowercase letters in emblem < n >
demonstrate how to form all of the lowercase letters the single downstroke family
demonstrate how to form all of the lowercase letters in the diagonal downstroke family
demonstrate how to form both of the lowercase letters in the sibilant pair