Reason for Handwriting Transition Student Workbook

Reason for Handwriting Transition Student Workbook

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Item #: 011081
ISBN: 9780936785400
Grades: 2-3

Publisher Description:

The Transitional work text is designed to facilitate a gradual shift from manuscript to cursive handwriting over the course of the school year. At the discretion of the instructor, students may review manuscript for as many as 29 weeks, or they may transition earlier in the year and focus on learning and practicing cursive letters for up to 36 weeks.

Contents of the Transitional student work text include:

  • 10 practice lessons reviewing manuscript letter formation,
  • 27 weekly lessons in manuscript,
  • 45 practice lessons introducing cursive letter formation,
  • 27 weekly lessons in cursive,

Lessons provide 10-15 minutes of daily practice.

On days 1 - 3 of weekly lessons, students write letters and words from the week's Scripture verse. On day 4, students trace over the entire verse as written in the work text. On the final day, students select a Border Sheet from the back of the book, and write the week's Scripture verse in their best handwriting, then use their creativity to color the design on their Border Sheet.

Category Description for A Reason for Handwriting:

An appealing, full-color Christian handwriting program that provides instruction and practice in handwriting (traditional style) with about 30 lessons per level (except for K which has 49). Each level has a letter designation, with a whole book for transition from manuscript to cursive in between B and C. The Transition book contains content from both Book B (print) and Book C (cursive) and you can use in place of either Book B or Book C, depending on your student's needs (see PDF sample for more information on using the Transition Book). Starting in Book C, all handwriting is cursive. In the more advanced levels, discussion questions accompany the weekly Bible verse. One more change to note is the height of the lines; they are smaller in the cursive section of the Transition Book or Book C (3/8") than in the previous books (manuscript books have 5/8" lines). The manuscript and cursive border sheets are also revised, and are now included with the workbooks. These nicely bordered lined papers challenge students to write their scripture verses on them "in their best handwriting." (Scripture verses are taken from the Living Bible.) The student desk card shows manuscript and cursive letters on a personal-sized card, or you can put the big letters up on the wall using the alphabet wall sheets. One comprehensive teacher's guide covers the whole series. Please note that sets are also available, which include the student book and teacher guide at a discount. ~ Melissa

These materials are graded specifically and include both instruction and practice.

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Carol Ann Retzer
Softcover Book
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The Concerned Group
1.4375 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.62"
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Used in the past
Janelle K on Jul 12, 2022
We have been using the Reason for Handwriting for years beginning in 2004. All our children (we have 6) have been or are going through it and we love it!
Lee B on Jan 18, 2022
Used in the past
Janelle K on Jul 12, 2022
We are using this to finish our school year. almost finished with book B.
Kimberly K on Mar 15, 2022
We have been using the Reason for Handwriting for years beginning in 2004. All our children (we have 6) have been or are going through it and we love it!
Lee B on Jan 18, 2022
My kiddos love "AReason for Handwriting" this is our third year using it.
Marie H on Jan 8, 2022
Simple, meaningful handwriting program that's enjoyable for the kids too. We are looking forward to doing cursive!
Kristen P on Oct 4, 2021
My family loves A Reason for Handwriting. We usually use book A in 1st grade and book T in 2nd and 3rd grades. I love how effective it is, and my kids love giving their verses away to family and friends each week.
Jen V on Sep 1, 2021
It has worked well for my older six, I’m using it for the last time with my 7th. We love having sheets at the end of the week to share with others.
Diane S on Aug 30, 2021
This book has worked well with teaching my five older children cursive. We like having a scripture page at the end of each lesson to give to friends or family.
Andrea W on Aug 19, 2021
This is a great program that allows kids to practice both print and cursive. I love that the days assignments are manageable (not too long) but offer meaningful practice. In addition, it isn't just meaningless rows of letters and random words, but it's actually with a purpose: scripture! It makes the practice more interesting.
Kimberly C on Aug 17, 2021
Great for students who need practice in clear Manuscript and for learning cursive.
Kelly B on Aug 17, 2021
for my son for the school year
Jessica H on Jun 28, 2021
My child wants to work on print and cursive.
Lindsey M on Jun 25, 2021
We love this series! All 6 of my kiddos are/have used it and enjoy it.
Lee B on May 27, 2021
I chose this curriculum because I liked that the cursive is more traditional. Every curriculum that teaches cursive teaches it differently. I wanted more traditional style.
Mendy C on May 24, 2021
I have used this company for handwriting with all three of my boys. I really enjoy that they practice writing throughout the week and then on Friday they create a nice picture with their writing!
Charles P on Mar 28, 2021
Great to transition from print to cursive.
T T on Feb 4, 2021
We have used this curriculum for years! I love that it uses Bible verses to teach writing. My kids love giving their verses as gifts!
Danita T on Jan 30, 2021
This is our family's favorite handwriting workbook series.
Angela P on Jan 12, 2021
We have used this for years and I love it! Its my favorite handwriting curriculum! Excited to see how the transition book is used!
Christina J on Sep 5, 2020
We've used this for 11 years and love it.
Nicole B on Aug 31, 2020
Using this for a 3rd and 6th grader who have had limited exposure to cursive. I think cursive is important to brain development and a well-rounded education.
Monica L on Aug 28, 2020
because it's cheaper than amazon
Silvia S on Aug 2, 2020
Good practice for both printing and cursive. Also the tearaway pages in the back are perfect for mailing to family and friends!
Peter B on Jul 29, 2020
Home school curriculum
Marisa S on Jul 27, 2020
The daily lessons are concise and short. The use of biblical verses was the desire choice as well.
Grace D on Jul 27, 2020
I've read great reviews about this book and my son looked at the samples and is excited to begin!
Emily I on Jul 21, 2020
Required by FPA (Freedom Project Academy)
Nicole M on Jun 29, 2020
My children love these handwriting books. They are divided into small, daily sections which make the workload very manageable. For older children it is easy to double up and finish the book faster.
Elizabeth S on May 21, 2020
My favorite part about this handwriting series is that they learn scripture while improving their handwriting.
Joyel C on May 18, 2020
kids need to learn cursive its no longer taught in our city schools here
Jennifer L on May 13, 2020
Exceptional program, easy for students to proceed independently--final pages make great gifts to family!
Kendra M on May 8, 2020
We have loved all of the levels to this point and are continuing on.
Lindsay G on Apr 16, 2020
These handwriting books use scripture to teach handwriting and I use them for independent work time in our classroom.
Ashley M on Apr 12, 2020
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Sandra S on Feb 27, 2020
Supplement for my 4th grader, who has been using BJU Press handwriting for 4 years but his manuscript and cursive just need extra work. I like that it combines both together in one and the book it also doesn't say "grade 2-3" on the book just "T" so he won't complain that he is 'too old of the book'.
Leonardo P on Feb 20, 2020
Used previously & really liked it
Alicia G on Feb 4, 2020
Colorful, fun, short lessons that are rooted in scripture.
Kristina W on Oct 17, 2019
Y child loves this handwriting program.
Victoria Z on Sep 5, 2019
Trying something new.
Jodie W on Aug 25, 2019
We have used this for years with all of my children.
Bethany S on Aug 10, 2019
This book works well for those students who need to strengthen their print handwriting before moving on to cursive writing.
Hilary S on Jul 18, 2019
Our daughter is thrilled to be learning cursive this year!
Amber H on Jun 30, 2019
For my second grader to learn cursive
Tiffany D on May 31, 2019
seems like a great workbook to ease into cursive
Claire P on Apr 25, 2019
Great, easy curriculum.
Ashley V on Apr 8, 2019
worked great for my daughter!
Brigitte T on Mar 6, 2019
I have used this with all my children and appreciate their focus on Scripture, and the children like having a completed, colored page to give away.
Andrea W on Feb 6, 2019
We've used this series of books for several children, and they like the simplicity and the practice coloring pages to put on the wall for their "best work!"
Marley N on Oct 13, 2018
To help my 6th grader improve his handwriting
Carrie H on Oct 5, 2018
Great way for kids to learn cursive!
Jaci R on Sep 21, 2018
We are using this to finish our school year. almost finished with book B.
Kimberly K on Mar 15, 2022
My kiddos love "AReason for Handwriting" this is our third year using it.
Marie H on Jan 8, 2022
Do you need to buy the teacher guide?
kari h on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have used "A Reason for Handwriting" for all 5 of my children and have never bought the teacher guide. I have been very satisfied with the results of just using the student worktext.
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Rated 4 out of 5
Very happy
Bought this for my daughter who loves it. Minimal supervision on part required, which makes me happy. Days 1-3 are pretty light so definitely best for those who need minimal manuscript letter formation review.
January 16, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good stuff
February 16, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I like that you can have them practice both types of writing, and that the kids can just open and do it without me. Handwriting has improved with using cursive.
April 2, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Great transition
My son has been asking to learn cursive and this workbook is a great place to start. There are enough lessons to take up a whole year, but we are only using the cursive part and it is working for us as we are also using level B for printing practice.
February 5, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
love it
I am very pleased with this workbook. Its a short amount each day so my kids don't get overwhelmed. I love how they can write the entire memory verse and color the outside edges is the design in the page so to make a gift for someone.
August 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Easy Cursive Transition
Son wanted to learn cursive and I like the traditional look of the cursive A reason for Handwriting had. It's a gentle approach- first reviewing all the print letters, then introducing the cursive letters. My son likes it!
April 17, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Writing Program!
My son loves this writing program. He doesn't complain about doing his handwriting and I love that it incorporates scripture!
November 21, 2015
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Not just for little ones I'm having my 3rd 4th 5th & 6th graders all do the T book this year As a former school teacher I was upset when handwriting was cut from the curriculum :( We just began homeschooling this year and my kids have never had much instruction on proper formations I like how the T book reviews manuscript AND introduces cursive with plenty of practice for both The daily segments take maybe 15 minutes and they like sending the final pretty verse page to relatives/friends on Friday I LOVE these books Highly recommend
April 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
We used the Transition book with our daughter last year in the second grade and have been with this program for two years It is a wonderful handwriting program for so many reasons Our children love finishing the week with a completed Bible verse on a coloring page they get to decorate They try harder to write well because they know we will display their work The book also encourages them to give these pages with Bible verses to family and friends (Yeah!) The transition to cursive in this book was great Their writing is much improved since starting this program and it is very easy to teach
June 20, 2007
Rated 5 out of 5
I am currently using this with my 3rd grader We completely skipped the first section of the book where they review print I love the Bible verses etc I never use the Teachers Manual I originally chose this cursive program because I liked the fact that they include the print letter so that the child can learn the matching cursive letters
November 2, 2006

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