Which font to use in the classroom?

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  1. LATechTeacher

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    I am teaching 2nd grade and wondering what font to use on the computer when I am posting things up in the classroom. I don't want to confuse the kids with the wrong way to write the letters. Wiith some of the fonts the letters are a little off. Any suggestions?
     
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    I like ComicSans. I think it imitates standard printing.
     
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    I always use Times New Roman. Very easy to read and when making copies comes out neat and crisp.
     
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    Students have to get used to reading items in different fonts. I think just as long as it is not "too fancy" and the letters are recognizable it will be fine - on posters, charts... I usually use Comic Sans when I type out their work.
     
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    I love "funky" fonts. I use whatever strikes my fancy at the time (as long as it is easy to read). My students have as much fun with it as I do! I can hardly wait until next year...I have downloaded a bunch of new fonts I can't wait to try out!
     
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    Thanks, Im trying to make letters for a word wall and just wanted to make sure it wouldn't confuse anyone!
     
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    Ditto for Comic Sans, but I, too, like funky fonts for titles and to post standards with student work.
     
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    I love ComicSans as well. My old district had (on our Macs) a font called Blackboard or Chalkboard, and that one was pretty nice, too.
     
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    Comic Sans for me too, but one techer told me you can buy a cd that is for school use and has D'Nealian and manuscript on it. I do not know who makes it.
     
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    Comic Sans gets my vote!
     
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    We have the D'Nealian font loaded onto all of our elementary computers and I borrowed the CD to load on my home computer. I use that font when I make anything that goes on the wall or is reading/writing related as it's easiest for my 2nd graders to read since it's how they're taught to write and how I write on the board and charts. It also has tools you can use to make your own handwriting papers. I use other "funky" fonts for other things.
     
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    You might want to look around dafont.com it's got aLOT of awesome fonts on there! :)
     
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    forbiddenpluto,

    Thanks for the information. I like to have fun fonts around the room as well.

    Cathy
     
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    I think fonts are fun for around the room. Students need to recognize different fonts, but for your word wall-that all students need to read well and be able to copy from- I think you need to use comic sans or a similar font.
     
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    I like century gothic. The a's are formed with a circle and stick only.
     
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    Kids are very sharp at reading different fonts. Just look out how they can pick out logos and such. I don't think it matters really if it is different from their standard handwriting/reading print.

    Just my opinion...for what it is worth. :)
     
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    I like century gothic too...

    I love dafont.com .....I have downloaded a ton of great fonts!
     
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    www.fontfreak.com has a TON of "funky fonts" for free download. I have so many I don't even know what to do with all of them!
     
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    I typically use "Arial" or "Arial Narrow" for the body or bulk of my handouts because it is perfectly crisp - but always use a fun font as the heading.
     
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    I like to use fun fonts and I bought DJ Inkers. But last year I could not get it installed on my classroom computer. So when I did documents at school I always used Tempo or Comic Sans or Chalkboard.
     
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    Fonts4Teachers makes a CD with lots of school fonts. The CD has sign language and math fonts too. Here's a link.

    http://www.fonts4teachers.com/
     
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    Thank for the tip on Century Gothic..it is close to the manuscript we use, closer than Comic Sans!:thanks:
     
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    Does anyone know can we change the font and color when we respond to this board?
     

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