No, not a driver’s license of course. He got his license to use the fountain pain. Yes you read it right, a fountain pen.
During the latter part of the kids’ first grade, they started learning the cursive writing. I could still remember everytime they get home they would tell which letter they learned to write that day. Cursive writing here is not the same as what I have learned in the Philippines. Ours was the American while here, the Latin cursive writing is used. I find the Latin more stylish and requires definitive handling of pen which I think was the reason why the kids here are required to learn first how to hold their pens properly.
After the kids finished learning the proper way of writing each letter, the kids have a choice which they would prefer using. I already noticed that Zyc used it more than Ryz. I see him more comfortable writing in cursive. I wasn’t expecting it actually. Nevertheless, I let him be. I find his handwriting so nice. I recalled what her teacher said, Zyc’s handwriting is so nice and his works are always neat unlike the other kids his age who doesn’t care how their works look like. The downside of this though, since he always makes it a point to write legibly this slows him down. His teacher sees him wanting his work (writing) to be perfect. Still I find it amusing.
A month ago the use of cursive writing was already imposed. No more kids can use print writing. While they are getting the hang of using the technique, we were informed that the kids will start using a füller or a fountain pen after the Spring break. Several brands were mentioned during the meeting and I took note of course which were the “trusted ones” by the parents.
Since I saw many kinds and with different prices of fountain pens in the store, I had to asked one of the store assistants which of those is the one the kids need. I really had to ask ‘coz I wasn’t expecting the price of the pens mentioned in the meeting. The assistant was kind to explain to me after I told her that the kids are just beginning and learning to write in cursive.
The kids mentioned they have rules to follow on having the fountain pen. Here goes:
Do not drop it. We all know how sensitive fountain pens are and slight pressure could damage it. I’m relieved too ‘coz that would mean Zyc writing lightly now unlike before.
Always have an extra ink refill. Although there are also ink refills available in their classrooms, pens and of course inks vary in sizes so better they bring their own, right?
Your pen belongs to you. No, the teacher’s not teaching them to be selfish. I bet she’s just reminding them that they have their own pens and be responsible for it. They should always have it with them not be borrowing from others.
Always cover it. Of course they have to do this unless they want their pens to dry up.
When we were young, we only had those fat pencils, regular-sized pencils as “training pens” and went straight to roller pens for writing. I also don’t remember practicing the “proper way to hold a pen” which I think explains our different strokes and handwritings.
With the special pen and the rules, I just realized how serious the school system is here when it comes to kids’ cursive writing.