We recently had an email on cursive writing and the design of our Left handed writing guide mat and thought others may be interested in the answers.
Thank you for your email requesting some product reviews. I have one general feedback comment which is that your products do not come in cursive script. My son's school begin by teaching cursive writing believing it is generally neater and easier (I have to agree). I have overwritten the writing guide that I bought with a pen, so that all the small letters begin at the bottom. Having done this, I have to say that it seems easier for children and particularly left handers to grasp letter formation as all the letters begin in the same place. I realise though that you may not have enough demand for these.
It wasn't too much of a problem to change the guide (although a cursive version would be nice), but the skills pad is more problematic as my son wants to form the letters the same way that they appear in the pad. A cursive version would be wonderful!
Finally, I would like to say that I am slightly disappointed with the finish of the guide. I thought it would be more like the plastic dinner mats that children have which are a bit more robust for regular use. I have taken one into school and advised them to laminate it, which they have done, to improve its durability.
I hope my feedback is useful.
Reply from Keith
Thanks you for your comments and taking the time to let me know about it.
As schools differ widely in their teaching approaches (and also around the world), we didn't go for a cursive style on the mat so it was more widely useful. However our guides on Left Handed Writing Skills all use letter formation that progresses into cursive writing to have the appropriate hooks and endings. The third book in the series uses cursive script.
Regarding the quality of the mats, we always have a trade-off between production quality and weight for posting against the cost of the product and we try to get a balance where we can provide a usable product at a low price.
That said, next time we produce these I will look at the cost of a heavier duty version, but we would no doubt have to sell it at a higher price.
I hope that helps.
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