296044_490238270987734_25261447_nHandwriting is going out of style. With the advent of the computer, children write less and less. When I went to school we had penmanship every day. First we learned how to print and then handwriting or cursive. When my son was in school, it was already being phased out. I home schooled him and continued penmanship and spelling. Spelling is another subject that is being phased out. I think handwriting should be practiced in school until at least the fourth grade and spelling through grade six. When I was in school, we weren’t allowed to use ball point pens in the third grade for handwriting. We had to dip a steel nib into an ink well. It was also known as a fountain pen. Power of WordsNeedless to say, most of us had some type of ink stain on our clothes which infuriated our mothers as there were no real stain removers at that time. When people think of handwriting in the “olden days” they remember seeing movies with the actors and actresses using a quill. A couple of years ago, I wrote a story, book twenty-nine, “Quills are not just for Writing.” It was very popular. The lead was Nurse Joyce and the hero was her horse, Sandy. She had ridden to the Pecos River to have a picnic on her day off. She accidentally fell asleep and when she awoke she had a very unwelcome visitor. As with all Good Gus Series books, it has a happy ending. If you are looking for a different style of writing to expose the child or children in your life, please consider a book from the Good Gus Series.