Horizons Penmanship Grade 2 Student Book
Alpha Omega Horizons is a Bible-based, fast-paced, spiral approach to learning introduction, review, reinforcement. This works well for students who catch on quickly, with constant review that keeps concepts fresh. These are teacher-led courses with colorful student workbooks and thorough teacher manuals. This curriculum offers two courses at the preschool level Preschool for Three's and Horizons Preschool, something not offered in other AOP curriculum lines. These two levels lay a solid foundation for future elementary levels. Although not available for as many subject areas as LIFEPAC or SOS, Horizons is comprehensive in the subjects that are offered. Math is available for K-8, Phonics & Reading for K-3, Spelling & Vocabulary for 1-3, Penmanship for 1-5, Health for K-8, and Physical Education for PK-12.
Alpha Omega Horizons now offers complete curriculum sets for kindergarten through 3rd grade. At the kindergarten level, the set includes Horizons Health, Horizons Phonics & Reading, and Horizons Math. First through third grades sets include Horizons Math, Horizons Health, Horizons Phonics & Reading, Horizons Spelling & Vocabulary, and Horizons Penmanship. These sets include all of the required books for each subject both student and teacher.
Horizons is known for their well-constructed, colorful elementary courses, and this one is no exception. Traditional handwriting models are paired with attention to pencil grip, paper position, posture, stroke, letter height, spacing, capitalization and punctuation. Quality copy material including children's poetry (gr. 2), Bible stories (gr. 3), parables (gr. 4), and historical documents (gr. 5) often coupled with Bible verses (NIV) is used at all levels. Line size varies with the grade level. Grades 1 & 2 have ½" lines with dotted midline; Grade 3 lines are 3/8" with dotted midline; Grade 4 has 5/16" lines with a dotted midline which is dropped starting in Lesson 137. Grade 5 has ¼" lines with dotted midlines at the start of the book which morph into single lines dropping the upper line about Lesson 40 and the dotted midline about Lesson 81. Grade 6 provides copywork for students in order to strengthen and maintain cursive skills. Passages are taken from Aesop, Proverbs, epigrams, riddles, prayers, and more - essentially words of wisdom from around the world. An added feature is students writing letters in other languages (such as Latin and Chinese) and eve composing their own words of wisdom.
Lessons are organized into 32 units of five one-page lessons concentrating on a particular skill or letter group each week. The weekly fifth lesson is a decorative picture page on which the student writes (in his best handwriting) a selected Bible verse or copywork passage. Cursive is introduced halfway into 2nd grade but could be delayed until 3rd grade because reproducible alternative manuscript lessons are provided in the 2nd Grade Teacher's Guide. As mentioned before, the Student Books are colorful with age-appropriate graphics. Teacher's Guides have reduced student pages with teaching tips for each lesson and a scope and sequence for the course. The TGs also include reproducible extra practice pages along with other reproducible pages that differ at each grade level - penmanship performance pages for grades 4 & 5, and reproducible quotations (copywork models) for grades 3, 4, & 5. At these upper levels (grades 3-6), it will be very difficult to do the program without using the TGs because copywork models are only partially included in the Student Books. Although a print (manuscript) model is provided for practice during the week, the Teacher's Guide provides another version (usually cursive) of the model for the student to work from for the final "penmanship performance" of the week. In Grade 5 there is an optional additional copywork activity for each week - an excerpt from a Presidential inaugural address. These excerpts are in chronological order through George Bush and are only available in the TG. Grade 6 provides copywork for students in order to strengthen and maintain cursive skills. Passages are taken from Aesop, Proverbs, epigrams, riddles, prayers, and more - essentially words of wisdom from around the world. An added feature is students writing letters in other languages (such as Latin and Chinese) and eve composing their own words of wisdom. One of the nice features of this program is that students are expected not only to copy sentences and questions but also to write out complete answers, many of which require some thinking on the student's part. These questions sometimes require teacher-student interaction, and these talking points and possible answers are provided in the TGs. Enjoyable and comprehensive as handwriting instruction, this is a multi-faceted program that provides much more. Janice
These materials are graded specifically and include both instruction and practice.
Alpha Omega Publications offers several lines of Bible-based curriculum in all major subject areas. Each one fits different family needs. LIFEPACs are sets of worktexts and teacher materials. Available for grades K through 12 in all major subject areas and some electives. All instruction and practice is provided in the consumable worktexts. LIFEPAC are a mastery-based curriculum, and is student-paced. Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS) is a computer-based curriculum which presents the subject matter and adds multimedia presentations. SOS curriculum is available for grades 3 through 12 in all subject areas and now comes in a USB flash drive format (Windows compatibility only). This option works well for the independent learner. The third option from AOP is Horizons. Horizons is available for grades PK through 12, depending on the subject matter. Horizons curriculum is only available for early learning, math, phonics/reading, spelling/vocabulary, penmanship, health, and physical education. This is a teacher-led option. Monarch is Alpha Omega's online option. 50 courses are offered in the areas of Bible, math, history, science, and language arts and are completely online for those who might have a MAC or just want the convenience of online lessons. Each course is available for up to three students in grades 3-12. Compatible with Mac and PC. You can try it free for 30 days at www.discovermonarch.com using code MON30RRC.
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