Happy Handwriting

Happy Handwriting

# 003735

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Item #: 003735
ISBN: 9780929223100
Grades: K-2

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We try to be pragmatic at our house and in our business - whatever works well, whatever makes sense, that's what we try to do. I've not met Letz Farmer, the author of this book, but I'll bet she's a pragmatist also. Lots of practical, "that makes sense", ideas are included in this ball-and-stick method. For example, capital letters are taught first to minimize reversals that can occur in lower case letters (I thought Mark would never get "b" and "d" straight). Capital letters are taught according to "stroke families"; letters with only vertical and horizontal strokes are taught first; letters with slanted strokes are taught next; finally, letters which have a circular component are taught last, because these are the hardest. The first lower case letters taught are the ones that look exactly like their capital counterparts; next, the ones that look similar to their capital counterparts; and last, the ones that look nothing like their capital counterparts. Practice pages contain three lines for each letter; letters on the first line are thick and fully shaded, and show directional arrows for the starting point and direction of strokes; letters on the second line are thick outlines that allow for some "wiggle" as the child attempts to write his letter inside the outline; the third line is blank and allows the child to make his letters freeform. The book has a fold-flat plastic binding so that the student is not fighting a hump in the page as he attempts to print his letters. Each pair of pages is laid out so that the top of the pair is at the left-hand side as you open the book; when in its upright position, either right-handers or left-handers can use the book without disadvantage.

Several other niceties are incorporated. A short story and cute illustrations help the child to remember each letter. The bottom of each practice page contains the alphabet, but missing some letters so the child can write them in the appropriate place. Phonics practice and (here's a first) sign language is incorporated if you want to use these along the way. Plus, Bible verses are used as part of each exercise.

Where did Mrs. Farmer come up with all these good ideas? She credits her "child expert", daughter Laura. Nice job, Laura!

These materials span grade levels and include both instruction and practice.

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Letz Farmer
Softcover Book
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Mastery Publications
0.9 (lbs.)
11.0" x 9.0" x 0.5"
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My mom home schooled me and my three siblings and she highly recommended this workbook for me to use with my 6 year old son.
Emily L on Aug 17, 2020
Christian<br />Good common sense approach<br />Looks like fun
Janet L on Aug 18, 2019
My mom home schooled me and my three siblings and she highly recommended this workbook for me to use with my 6 year old son.
Emily L on Aug 17, 2020
looked fun even for me!
jill h on Apr 17, 2020
Christian<br />Good common sense approach<br />Looks like fun
Janet L on Aug 18, 2019
friend recommended it
User on Feb 14, 2019
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Melanie R on Sep 16, 2018
This is the workbook used prior to Cheerful Cursive (that I bought for my oldest) and wanted to try this for my second child.
Jenny H on Jun 1, 2018
I just learned of this curriculum but had used Cheerful Cursive with both my older daughters. They loved it! My 1st grade daughter will be much happier practicing handwriting with this curriculum than her current! Eager to try.
Shera C on Oct 18, 2017
I had ordered the Cheerful Cursive book for my 3rd grader and she loved it! So I decided to try this one for my first grader who needs a little more practice on her handwriting.
Kristina G on Feb 19, 2016
Came across some really good reviews
Apryl F on Feb 14, 2016
I like the look for the letters, not too fancy and not too plain. The cost is reasonable. And I like that it uses things like scripture, dates, addresses, etc. for practice.
Crystal L on Dec 10, 2015
I used this with my older son, and he responded well to it. I'm ready to see how my younger son does with it.
Nancy W on Nov 9, 2015
Recommended by other parents in a Facebook group.
Bridget P on Oct 21, 2015
looked fun even for me!
jill h on Apr 17, 2020
friend recommended it
User on Feb 14, 2019
Are Scripture verses printed in this book? If so, what Bible version is used? Thank you.
A shopper on Jul 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Scripture verses are printed in this book. It does not state what version, but similar to NIV? However, this is not a Scripture verse copy book. It is a workbook that you can use to teach handwriting to your child, not to keep them busy with copy work. It is especially designed for students that may have special needs, but does not have to be specific to them. Our kids have enjoyed this book, both those with special needs and those without.
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Makes handwriting fun!
My reluctant writers have loved this writing program. It's my favorite of all the handwriting programs I have used. Each different stroke is given its own name. Very fun!
October 31, 2015
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