Pentime Transition Grade 2

Pentime Transition Grade 2

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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.


Primary Subject
Handwriting
Grade
2
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Pentime Publishers
Weight
0.55 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.25"
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Why did you choose this?
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It was affordable and I want to introduce cursive to my first grader
Stacey H on Jul 3, 2022
Inexpensive option for handwriting and I liked that it starts with manuscript before teaching cursive.
Nicole M on Jul 26, 2021
It was affordable and I want to introduce cursive to my first grader
Stacey H on Jul 3, 2022
We love Pentime! I use it during our "Classical Copywork Time" where we listen to classical music while doing copywork from these books.
User on Oct 19, 2021
Inexpensive option for handwriting and I liked that it starts with manuscript before teaching cursive.
Nicole M on Jul 26, 2021
Our favorite for cursive!
Krisztian K on May 15, 2021
Great handwriting program at a terrific price!
Brody C on Aug 28, 2020
I found Pentime a few years ago and I love them for handwriting/copywork.
Tabitha J on Aug 12, 2020
Looking for a simple, effective, affordable handwriting curriculum - this seems to fit the bill!
Jessica H on Aug 5, 2020
We have yet to try this one, but am looking forward to it. We have used the upper levels for our older children and they have been excellent.
Rebecca S on Jul 13, 2020
We were using horizons, but it was just so expensive so we switched to this.
User on Jul 1, 2020
We learn well with and enjoy Pentime handwriting!
Amy R on Jun 19, 2020
I wanted to start cursive in 2nd grade. This book reviews printing, then starts cursive.
Heather H on May 31, 2020
Pentime is a quality program that offers very traditional cursive instruction.
Nariman C on May 30, 2020
My all time favorite handwriting curriculum. I have my children work through each book regardless of age. They are not too old to work through to Book 8, Handwriting is important to me.
joeann f on May 20, 2020
It was highly recommended to me by a friend.
Jennifer C on May 11, 2020
Kids love the little animals throughout the book and it really does a good job helping them learn to write properly. We also like how affordable the book is!
Vanessa B on Apr 18, 2020
My children love this curriculum. My first grader is very excited to transition and write using cursive as her older brothers do!
Tara M on Feb 14, 2020
It was recommended to me by other home schooling moms.
Christina H on Jan 31, 2020
New student coming into this subject
Stephanie R on Sep 13, 2019
Prior experience from grade 1 through Grade 7
Rashelle B on Sep 9, 2019
This are a great way for kids to self-teach handwriting. We just do one or two pages per day and their handwriting is definitely improving!
Shelley B on Aug 21, 2019
Christian<br />Good common sense approach<br />Looks like fun
Janet L on Aug 18, 2019
I wanted a transitional handwriting for my son from printing to cursive. This looked good.
Rebekkah K on Aug 6, 2019
I've used this handwriting program with my older children. It is a great learning tool.
Elizabeth W on Jul 23, 2019
We love using Pentime for our handwriting practice. Interesting information or character building quotes give students something to think about while polishing their handwriting skills.
Julie F on Jun 24, 2019
We use Zaner-Bloser handwriting but my son finished his book a little early. I didn't want to buy him the next book yet so purchased this one because the font is similar to the Zaner-Bloser and it is very affordable.
Lillian S on Mar 18, 2019
I've heard good things about this handwriting curriculum so I'm giving it a try
michelle h on Nov 27, 2018
good price, through material
Stacey N on Nov 4, 2018
homeschool!
Kim S on Sep 3, 2018
The book has both print and cursive practice. The activities also appear to be engaging.
Debbie O on Jul 27, 2018
Easy to follow lessons
Melissa B on Jul 25, 2018
I have used this book for several of my kids and really like it. I tend to use the handwriting portion for a younger child while an older child uses the cursive section. It's great concise practice for both learners.
Lauren F on Jul 23, 2018
I have used it before
sarah b on Feb 7, 2018
Excellent beginning cursive curriculum!
Jeff S on Jan 11, 2018
Heard positive reviews from other homeschoolers.
Sarah L on Dec 12, 2017
Another homeschooled student spoke about how all of her siblings have used it and loved it, herself included. So I decided to try it for my 2nd grader!
Christine M on Dec 9, 2017
Great price and straight-forward curriculum.
User on Nov 4, 2017
My son began using this book for cursive this year. His penmanship looks amazing. It is much nicer than mine, so I am buying this book for myself :) I can't have my 8 year old writing nicer than me.
User on Nov 4, 2017
LOVE Pentime for simple handwriting instruction! Biblical and awesome.
Curri S on Sep 2, 2017
2nd grader, manuscript review and intro to cursive
Tabitha T on Aug 22, 2017
homeschooling my children and was recommending Pen Time for penmanship
Kari W on Aug 14, 2017
We have used this with our other kids to teach them cursive.
KATIE B on Aug 4, 2017
I liked the sample pages and wanted to give it a try!
Stephanie F on Jul 10, 2017
This looks like an easy way to transition into cursive writing. Clear and cheap.
Ruth on Jul 3, 2017
To use for homeschool
Audrey M on Jun 12, 2017
Recommendation of a friend
Libbi C on May 22, 2017
I was looking for a gentle tool for my daughter to practice her manuscript and learn cursive. We love the simplicity of this curriculum.
Kristen B on Apr 18, 2017
requested by son's tutor
Gretchen S on Mar 14, 2017
These are my all time favorite handwriting books. I require all of my children to complete 2-8 regardless of their grade level.
Joeann F on Nov 25, 2016
This booklet has a very nice transition from handwriting to cursive. It contains activities and practice paring up the two as well as practice. It is not overwhelming. I'm excited to begin using it with my anxious first grader.
Rachel L on Sep 6, 2016
recommended by fellow teacher
Malissa G on Aug 18, 2016
We love Pentime! I use it during our "Classical Copywork Time" where we listen to classical music while doing copywork from these books.
User on Oct 19, 2021
Our favorite for cursive!
Krisztian K on May 15, 2021
Does this follow the Zaner-Bloser formation style? Or is it a style all its own?
Veronica on Jul 27, 2022
Pentime Transition Grade 2
Pentime Transition Grade 2
Pentime Manuscript Grade 1 (Book 1)
Pentime Manuscript Grade 1 (Book 1)
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.
Are these available as PDF?
A shopper on Feb 24, 2022
BEST ANSWER: We only offer the print edition. You might check with the publisher to see if a pdf is available.
How many lessons does this have in it?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: There are 96 pages. the first 2 are handwriting charts. The book is not broken up into lessons. Its up to the parent to set the pace
Can I use the transition book for an older student that hasn't learned cursive?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, but half the book is printing practice. Since it is an inexpensive book, this should not be too much of an issue. I like the old-school style of cursive (initial loops on capitals, traditional style capital F, T, Q, Z unlike some of these "simplified" modern cursive styles). For some reason, they don't have practice with letter element strokes until near the end of the book (starting on p. 75) I would do the stroke practice pages first. The thing I don't like about this book is that it does not give sufficient practice with each letter (esp. capitals) before moving on to the next. I ended up getting a blank notebook with the wide lines and dotted line in the middle, and assigning additional practice until I felt each letter was mastered, and he could competently connect it to other letters in his spelling words. We also use the Zaner-Bloser cursive books - not as traditional, but very methodical and well-organized.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Wonderful!
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
Purchased
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent!
March 14, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Favorite program
My favorite handwriting program.
November 6, 2020
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Classic cursive like 1980s elementary school. Very nice program. Student will have it down by the end of book 3. Excellent value.
February 10, 2020
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent
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
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Kids love this
My girls have really enjoyed this work book, I love the cursive font that they are taught, the little connect the dots at the top of each page makes for a fun change of pace too. I love that it teaches the loops and what I think of as a bit more “classical” look but Kaye’s our well for kids.
April 8, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Solid and straightforward
My daughter enjoys this program because it is simple and is not filled with extra "fluff".
April 9, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for transition writers
I homeschool and have 2 students that needed extra printing practice before starting penmanship, this book is the perfect balance.
November 1, 2015
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great resource!
I have had great success using these books with my children has really help them transition from manuscript into cursive writing. They love using these books. The illustrations are great and they really enjoyed coloring them as a reward for finishing the page. I have found these books much more interesting and well-written then most cursive writing books which have the letter copy it a few times and then a sentence in cursive with letters you have not yet learned.this book is different it does a really good job of teaching the writing of the letter and then letting the child write that letter. My children find this book very motivational and they do pages and pages because it's so fun.
October 24, 2015
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I purchased the Pentime Transition book when I was looking for a nice transition for my son between manuscript printing and cursive It is very easy to follow along even without a teacher's manual The practice pages are short sweet and to the point and there isn't a lot of flashy pictures to distract him He really loved the dot to dots at the top of the page it was a great motivating tool For the money this is the best cursive workbook we have seen The paper is of good quality and the book has been durable in the hands of a seven year old
February 24, 2010


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