Cursive Kickoff Student Workbook

Cursive Kickoff Student Workbook

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Grades: 2

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Publisher Description:

This workbook is for second grade students or those working at that level who are ready to learn cursive.

- Offers digital instruction opportunities

- Facilitates an easy transition from printing to cursive

- Includes pretest/posttest screener to help drive instruction and monitor student progress

- Learn & Check helps teachers and students check letter, word, and sentence skills

- Lesson plans incorporate letter review with words and sentences

- Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with paragraph, poem, composition, and language arts activities

Category Description for Cursive Kickoff - Grade 2:

Offering cursive earlier to children who are developmentally ready, this new course from Learning Without Tears includes a screening pre- and post-test, followed by a review of manuscript using the HWT methodology and style, all before teaching cursive. Lowercase and uppercase letters are taught alongside simple words and sentences initially. Skills are developed through language art topics, poetry and composition activities that are age appropriate.

Category Description for Handwriting Without Tears:

Providing a tactile, hands-on approach to handwriting, this approach works well for many types of students.

It is particularly helpful for children who are left-handed children or those who need a more interactive approach to learning. Children who struggle with motor skills or experience cognitive difficulties will also reap great benefits from this program. Unique to this program, practice pages use a two-horizontal-line format rather than the three-horizontal-line format typically found in writing programs, cursive has no slant and letters are formed using a very simple single-stroke, and it uses a multisensory approach to teach. Teaching and practice sessions are short (10-15 minutes), without a lot of meaningless busy work.

Each level of Handwriting without Tears consists of a workbook and teacher guide.

Consumable Student workbooks have horizontal pages in Kindergarten through Grade 2. Grade 3 and up offers vertical pages. Workbooks may be used separately, although at the early levels parents of struggling writers may find the Teacher Guides extremely valuable.

Newly revised in 2018, the Teacher Guides provide additional teaching instruction and support, while the Student Books provide more writing practice for each lesson. While some of the content is the same from the 2013 version, the expanded content means the two editions are not compatible without considerable parental/teacher modification (depending on lesson and level). Please note, the Spanish Student Books are also now updated to 2018 editions. There are currently no Spanish Teacher Guides available. English Teacher Guides provide the overall teaching philosophy, techniques and applicable multi-sensory activities, but do not provide the daily lesson plans.

Teacher Guides include:

  • an overview of the program
  • handwriting instruction
  • the stages of learning and scope and sequence
  • teaching guidelines
  • weekly and daily schedules for each unit
  • instructions on proper posture
  • paper and pencil skills

Following these helpful "how to" sections are lessons corresponding to each page in the student book. Each lesson includes a reduced student page, lesson objective and introduction, lesson plans and enrichment, ELL (English Language Learner) support and Cross Curricular suggestions. The back of each teacher guide includes multisensory activities suggestions, remediation tips, additional strategies for English Language Learners and Children with Special Needs, handwriting standards, references and index. Inside the back cover is a letter formation template for that grade level.

Please note, many of the online interactive resources require an additional purchase and appear to be limited to schools. There is a 30-day trial of the publishers HITT (Handwriting Interactive Teaching Tools) with purchase of the Teacher Guide. While this online support may be helpful, it is certainly not necessary to use this excellent program effectively. Suggested manipulatives are listed with the recommended grade level and the grade level Teacher Guide effectively explains the manipulatives. sc. ~ Deanne


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


Primary Subject
Handwriting
Grade
2
EAN
9781939814685
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Handwriting Without Tears
Weight
0.65 (lbs.)
Dimensions
8.38" x 11.0" x 0.25"
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Teaching cursive to 2 boys!
Danielle B on Oct 31, 2020
I am teaching cursive to my fourth grader with ADHD this year, and I love the Handwriting Without Tears material. It is just right for him.
Shannon C on Aug 8, 2020
Teaching cursive to 2 boys!
Danielle B on Oct 31, 2020
My 2nd grader has been creating his own cursive so figured now is a good time to provide a resource for him.
Stephanie P on Oct 23, 2020
I am teaching cursive to my fourth grader with ADHD this year, and I love the Handwriting Without Tears material. It is just right for him.
Shannon C on Aug 8, 2020
My 9yo wants to learn to write cursive, but needs to work on his general handwriting, too. This looked like it would be a great into to cursive.
Kerri D on Aug 5, 2020
Handwriting without Tears helps all my boys not get so frustrated with handwriting.
Stephanie V on Aug 3, 2020
My daughter is entering 3rd grade and has wanted to learn cursive.
Marleah A on Jul 19, 2020
We love Handwriting Without Tears!! Since the year a friend first recommend the curriculum when my daughter was in Kindergarten, we have used it and loved it!! Also, check out Keyboarding Without Tears!! It is a simple, yet fun way for young children to learn how to type on the computer! :)
Amber D on Jul 16, 2020
It seems like a great combination of both printing and cursive writing practice.
Tiffany D on Jul 11, 2020
These are the best handwriting books around!
Christine B on Jun 30, 2020
Great transition to cursive writing as my daughter is eager to write "fancy" as she calls it.
Angie on Jun 3, 2020
Simple and fun tool for cursive. My son has done well with these books.
Kelley M on May 15, 2020
Love this program!
Celeste D on May 2, 2020
Remote learning, and the schools did not have time to send the books home.
Erin S on Apr 23, 2020
Handwriting without tears stands above and beyond as a great curriculum that is easy to teach and easy to learn!
Eva & Reese B on Apr 18, 2020
Help with son's (COVID) home learning. He uses this in his school but was unable to pick one up before it was shutdown :(
Patrick K on Mar 26, 2020
My son will be going into second grade this next school year, he loves these books every since prek so I know he'll enjoy this one as well. Thank you for your large selection of books!
Russell D on Mar 22, 2020
Used the printing power books
Natalie M on Jan 16, 2020
Great for my kids with learning differences. Very good visual cues on how to form the letters.
Jennifer S on Sep 3, 2019
My 2nd grader has been creating his own cursive so figured now is a good time to provide a resource for him.
Stephanie P on Oct 23, 2020
My 9yo wants to learn to write cursive, but needs to work on his general handwriting, too. This looked like it would be a great into to cursive.
Kerri D on Aug 5, 2020
What is the difference between the Printing Power plus set and the Cursive Kickoff Set? How should I decide which one to get for some review of printing and an introduction to cursive?
Stacey on Jul 17, 2020
Cursive Kickoff Student Workbook
Cursive Kickoff Student Workbook
Printing Power Plus Workbook Set
Printing Power Plus Workbook Set
BEST ANSWER: Since you are wanting both review of printing and introduction to cursive I would get the Printing Power Plus set. The Cursive Kickoff is only going to cover cursive without any printing review.
How much of this is a review of the print HWT? Is it two books in one, an exact copy of the K level plus some cursive? Were you happy with how your child's handwriting turned out, do they prefer to write this way over print? I'm worried that this is too close to cursive italic where you just make print and learn to connect them but it doesn't help you write faster--so I'm having doubts, I really want the cursive to be practical as well as fun.
A shopper on Jun 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This book is essentially a transition to cursive workbook. It reviews manuscript in the first third of the book and introduces cursive letters in the remainder.
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