Buying this little tool as we are going back to the Blumenthal, “How to Tutor” approach that was so helpful& effective in our early homeschooling. Teaching manuscript AND cursive to children is a relatively new practice. Manuscript was for printing presses with the demand & limitations of typesetting requiring a strict separation of letters, & learned by adults going into certain specialties like drafting and architecture. Cursive is actually designed for human writing with a minimum of strokes & easy flow that is quicker& easier to do physically. A lot more attention is being paid to posture & such again these days to avoid many common later problems in physical misalignments that can cause pain, shallow breathing & even asthma, digestive issues; in injuries caused by habitual poor posture & the resulting poor muscle tone & training; carpal tunnel & such things……as well as to the inability of people to write & read cursive. Surprisingly good cursive handwriting training with proper posture from an early age can help avoid those things even more than, or in tandem with, sports training. — It used to be that it was the handwriting taught all children which minimized confusion & freed up learning time for content & literacy rather than mechanics. We’ll be teaching both. but focusing on mastering cursive. Even when folks use manuscript printing, they tend to connect letters & to add cursive mechanics naturally for speed and efficiency. In the same way, ‘sports’ was often child-organized & -initiated with things like sandlot baseball….an outlet & true recreation rather than an end in itself requiring adult coaching& bringing unnecessary & unnatural demands & pressures along with it, supporting entire industries & having nothing to do with the actual well-being or needs of the child. — This is a back to the basics, common sense, nexpensive, effective & reusable little people tool which can be passed on & which causes the child to focus on forming letters & then words without the distractions of dancing teddy-bears or the type of burlesque that used to be relegated to the red-light districts which only hinder & create unnecessary dependencies for little children who then go on to grow in size alone & not in maturity or in the mastery of real abilities necessary to the maintenance of a free & literate society. Not a tool that will put words in their mouths, do their ‘imagining’ for them, correct grammar & spelling never learned….and frequently corrected in error by AI, or that will set limits on what they really learn & master for themselves.