Handwriting Practice from the Bible! Book 2 (Cursive)
We get occasional requests for Bible-based handwriting program - this is a nice addition to our offerings. Using scripture from the King James Version of the Bible, students will practice letters, words, numbers, and the actual verses using a more traditional style. The manuscript and cursive editions include three levels - identical content but the samples and practice are in one style or the other. In the front of each book is an alphabetical listing (by the first word used in each verse) of the scripture verses implemented. Older students will complete one letter or page in one to two days; younger children may take up to a week to complete the same.
Book 1 has 78 pages and is divided into four sections: letters, words, numbers, and scripture. The first section presents the letters (both upper and lower case) of the alphabet in ABC order - a line of Aa and a blank line on which to practice, a line of Bb and a blank line on which to practice, etc. This section goes through the alphabet two times with the instructions to trace the letters neatly, then copy the letters. The second section is the longest. Each page has a Bible verse at the top, and students are asked to trace the given letters and words, then write them neatly on the lines provided; there is one line of writing practice for each line to be traced. A letter review is found at the end of this section. The third section is number practice. Again, one line of a number to be traced and a second line is provided for practice. The first time through, the numbers has wider line spacing (5/8"). The second time through, the numbers are on 3/8" spaced lines - both with a dotted midline. The fourth section is for writing a few scripture verses - the student spends three days tracing and practicing a few words from the verse and the fourth day they copy the scripture. There are only four scripture verses that will be copied in their entirety with 3/8" line spacing.
Book 2 has 128 pages and includes three sections: reviewing letters, reviewing numbers, and writing scripture. Letter review is done once through with 5/8" line spacing and once through using 3/8" line spacing. Children will trace and copy one line of each letter with the wider spacing and copy the alphabet (4times) on the narrower spaced lines. Number review is done on both line sizes as well. The major portion of this workbook is devoted to scripture writing practice - page 24 and forward. Four days are devoted to each verse, one for each letter of the alphabet - students spend the first 3 days tracing and copying a letter, words found in the verse, and the scripture reference (the same identical letters and words are practiced on all 3 days). Day four is when the student writes out the passage. Writing the scriptures is practiced on narrower 3/8" lines with dotted midline.
Book 3 is 120 pages divided into 3 sections - 11 pages of letter review, 9 pages of number review, and scripture writing beginning with page 24. Scripture Writing follows the same format as that in the first two books, using one scripture for each letter of the alphabet and divided into 4 days of practice. All practice is done on 3/8" lines with a dotted midline.
If you want to add a fifth day of practice, you could have your older students keep a scripture notebook in which they would write out the verse for that week. This would give them practice using regular paper with no midlines. I know this is recommended for the younger grades, but could serve as good practice and copywork for the middle school grades. ~ Donna
These materials are mostly practice; any instruction is limited.