One of my first graders joined our class while I was out on maternity leave. Since I’ve returned she and I have spent a lot of time practicing handwriting together. Her growth in technique and overall neatness has amazed me. The first picture below shows her handwriting the first day I returned to school and the second picture shows her work five weeks later. I am so proud of her, and you can tell how proud she is when she shows me something she’s written.