Susannah Jeffries

Let young children ‘swim underwater’ in cursive

Learning joined-up handwriting early develops confidence and fluidity

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Recently, I started re-learning how to swim. Don’t get me wrong, I can swim…on a basic level. If I fell off a boat, I could get to the shore under my own steam, without having to cling to a plank like Kate Winslet in Titanic.

But I swim like a fool. I can never work out how to breathe properly, so I keep my face out of the water like a lady-of-a-certain-age who doesn’t want to get her shampoo-and-set damp. I’ve pretty much always swum like this. Back in the day, I did 42 lengths of my local pool to get my 1,000-metre badge, with my head out of the water and my bum sinking like a stone until I ...

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