Pentime Manuscript Grade 1 (Book 1)

Pentime Manuscript Grade 1 (Book 1)

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Category Description for Pentime Handwriting Series:

This program is designed to teach children handwriting with a minimum of assistance. Eight black and white workbooks help students master the skill of manuscript writing, transition into cursive, and continue to build cursive skills using smaller and smaller lines. In the first workbook, students focus on writing the individual letters on wide lines with a dotted midline. The correct strokes are shown (and numbered) for each letter along with plenty of space for children to practice. The second book continues practice of upper and lowercase letters but adds words and sentences as well. In place of stroke guides, a dot on each letter shows children where to start forming the letter. The third book (Transition) reviews manuscript for 35 pages and then jumps into cursive handwriting for the remaining 60 pages of the book, where students learn the strokes for individual cursive letters and practice connecting them. The rest of the series allows children to fully master cursive writing as they continually practice by writing the letters and copying longer and longer paragraphs on increasingly smaller lines (rulings gradually decrease from 1/2" in Grade 3 to 5/16" in Grade 8). Paragraphs range from fun sentences to Bible verses (close to the ASV version) to excerpts from essays on nature. Captions in the older grades provide interesting facts, and pretty border sheets to color are scattered throughout. - Steph

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

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Softcover Book
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Pentime Publishers
0.55 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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for 4&5yo wanting to learn to write
Chelsea S on Jul 20, 2023
Its and excellent start to handwriting!
Amy A on Dec 7, 2022
for 4&5yo wanting to learn to write
Chelsea S on Jul 20, 2023
Great, cheap program.
User on May 23, 2023
Its and excellent start to handwriting!
Amy A on Dec 7, 2022
If ever there was a timeless, perfect penmanship series, this is it. I've had nine children love it.
Wendy B on Aug 10, 2022
Most handwriting books are similar, but I like this one for its simplicity and pacing. I like that numbers are introduced right away because their kindergarten math program requires some number writing skills from the very beginning.
Kristine W on Nov 16, 2021
My son needs more practice with letter formation.
Roshawna W on Nov 11, 2021
We love Pentime! The letter demonstrations are easy to follow and their copy work helps build character and/or is educational. Each page also has small pictures the child can color if they like.
Tabitha J on Jun 16, 2021
My third child is starting school this year and this is what I want to start her on.
Erica W on May 26, 2021
Simple and effective. The best handwriting course I have found. It requires minimal parental involvement.
Jill R on Dec 30, 2020
Needed black and white, no frills penmanship book and liked the guide dots, arrows, etc.
Kiersten on Oct 1, 2020
Easy to use and simple
NAArah on Jul 22, 2020
I love the simplicity of these books. It's enough teaching and practice for a short lesson for younger students without a bunch of fluff or busywork.
Kristen B on Apr 30, 2020
These books are great for teaching handwriting.
Abby K on Feb 6, 2020
It was recommended to me by other home schooling moms.
Christina H on Jan 31, 2020
I like that my kids can use this curriculum independently. I also like the writing style.
Marci F on Jan 29, 2020
Simple, easy to use, and effective
Jill R on Jun 4, 2019
Cheap, quick, easy.
User on Apr 5, 2019
Inexpensive and yet every bit as good as any other handwriting workbook we've ever tried
Brynn on May 30, 2018
My child needs to work on her penmanship and I saw this recommended on a blog.
Elisabeth E on Mar 16, 2018
I love this traditional manuascript workbook, and am thankful that it is at an affordable price.
Brenda B on Nov 25, 2017
Reasonable price
Barb S on Sep 7, 2017
The price was right.
Tony W on Aug 19, 2017
We have used these books for many years and continue to use with our younger children to practice penmanship.
Amy S on Aug 14, 2017
recommendation of a friend
Libbi C on May 22, 2017
This is my favorite handwriting frills, easy and quick.
Jessica U on Apr 6, 2017
This looked like an inexpensive and yet thorough book to help my struggling writers. I like that it is progressive and consumable.
Shannon C on Feb 23, 2017
For my 1st grade homeschooled little boy.
Mark S on Feb 22, 2017
We've done it in the past and my homeschooler requested to do it again.
Jaime A on Sep 13, 2016
The price is a major benefit, but have seen several positive reviews on this handwriting curriculum. Looking forward to trying it.
Tracy on Apr 11, 2016
I loved this book for my daughter and am getting another one for her younger sister. I do make a few changes. I alter the letter order to follow HWOT, which can be found on their website. I also alter the instruction for a couple of letters to a pattern that I prefer them to learn. Otherwise the book is pretty much a no prep resource that I would strongly recommend.
Penelope B on Mar 11, 2016
My son finished Handwriting Without Tears level 1 but isn't ready for level 2, so I needed something similar to work with him on during the next year.
Amanda M on Mar 9, 2016
Need basic manuscript writing practice for K'r.
Kate D on Dec 9, 2015
Great, cheap program.
User on May 23, 2023
If ever there was a timeless, perfect penmanship series, this is it. I've had nine children love it.
Wendy B on Aug 10, 2022
How Many pages are in this book?
A shopper on Sep 2, 2023
BEST ANSWER: This is designed for first semester of first grade. There are 78 pages, plus an extra page at the end that has a note that the purchaser has permission to make copies for extra practice.
Does this follow the Zaner-Bloser formation style? Or is it a style all its own?
Veronica on Jul 27, 2022
Pentime Manuscript Grade 1 (Book 1)
Pentime Manuscript Grade 1 (Book 1)
Pentime Transition Grade 2
Pentime Transition Grade 2
BEST ANSWER: It is a style all its own. My children follow the D’Nealian style, but once they learned cursive, the Pentime cursive books are really wonderful.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Finally a book with enough repetition that focuses on letter formation instead of coloring!
September 4, 2023
1 month ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!!
It fits the budget and gets the writing done that I need. Perfect.
July 21, 2023
3 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Should Be Called: Teaching Hieroglyphics ;-)
If you want simple yet thorough, to the point penmanship practice, this is the holy grail right here. There are two books to Level 1, with Level 2 transitioning to cursive halfway through. Don't panic, I panicked, it's smooth and repetitive and you'll be amazed at how quickly your child will adapt. I've had three out of four finish the course with the ability to read AND write cursive without parental involvement, but be aware of that 25% missing the reading ability, you may need to practice the reading half. As for the necessity of cursive, that's up to you. I find it neat that my kids can read things a college student typically can't, but that's just me. They need to practice penmanship either way so if they learn something 'extra' while doing it, I say why not?
April 17, 2023
6 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
I love the rhythm of repetition and review. We also like the pictures that are useful coloring creativity.
October 6, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love them!!
These books are all wonderful! The concepts and how they teach penmanship. I just wish the backs were made better as the staples easily tear out of the backs. But wide tape easily solves that problem.
November 11, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great way to learn how to write neatly!
June 29, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
One of the best handwriting curriculums out there! Simple, easy to use, and my kids love coloring the pictures on the pages.
August 11, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love all the pentime books!! Very sweet and pure and beautiful and fun for the kids! Excellent slant guide included also!
March 4, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best handwriting book out there! Such cute pages. Easy to do.
January 15, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Our family discovered this program some years ago with our first child and we started with book 3 Now we are beginning to homeschool our younger children We use Pathway Readers and Climbing to Good English and I recently discovered that this series is designed to coordinate with those programs The price is very decent it flows perfectly into our language arts program and as with all the components that go with the Pathway Readers it is HIGHLY effective I would recommend this to anyone
November 14, 2011

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