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I posted this on the general board, also, but not getting much response over there...

We are doing very, very basic handwriting right now. We're going the R&S Readiness book "C" where ds is learning to write numbers. This is the first time that we are encountering the lines to write on; don't know what they're called but look like this:

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My question is what should I be referring to each line as? I am greatly confusing the poor kid - I told him I'd tell them what they were all called tomorrow! I can picture the little house from when I did abeka myself, but we aren't planning on using abeka for handwriting, so I'm not sure what the rest of the world calls everything. FYI - we are planning on using A Reason for Handwriting, but that could change, so if you know what they call it that would be great, but I'd love to hear the rest, too.

Thanks!

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Ok, according to my getty & dubay

From the very top

Ascender

waistline -the dotted one

baseline

descender line-nothing sits on this but say a g goes down to half way between the baseline and the descender

Stephanie

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My daughter uses the three lined handwriting paper. On her paper the bottom line is red.

Here's what I call the lines:

the top line

the dotted middle line

the red base line.

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_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

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Top line or Top Guide Line

Dotted Mid-line or Dashed Middle Line

Base line or Bottom Line

The House:

Attic = area between mid-line and top guide line

Main Floor = area between the base line and the mid-line

Basement = anything below the base line... for letters with tails

(On the white board, I draw a red line under and parallel to the base line so that the tails don't go to the center of the earth, IYKWIM.)

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