American Cursive Handwriting Self-Study Workbook & Curriculum

American Cursive Handwriting Self-Study Workbook & Curriculum

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Item #: 035690
ISBN: 9780982868218
Grades: 2-AD

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Subtitled: Self study workbook and curriculum. Loose-leaf. 349 pgs.

Category Description for American Cursive Handwriting:

It happened just the other day. Someone called Rainbow wanting a self-instructing cursive handwriting program that was more elegant than the streamlined program they were using. This is it! Combining historical perspective with motivational challenge, this is a complete curriculum providing instruction and lots of practice. It claims to be the most thorough single-volume instructional source on cursive handwriting currently available, and I'm not going to dispute that claim. Michael Sull is America's premier penman (yes, it's a term) who provides calligraphy for Hallmark Cards. He loves handwriting, and he'll convince you to love it as well - and probably to start practicing again. This single volume includes historical information about the development of penmanship, specific technique information (posture, hand position, paper movement, etc.), lesson plans for letter formation and for moving from primary scale to handwriting scale (i.e. size of letters), and lots and lots of practice sheets as well as a collection of various quotations and excerpts from literature and poetry to be used for practice. A number of appendices provide blank masters for continuing practice, information on using and purchasing a fountain pen, a certificate of completion and a glossary of terms. If you want to categorize the type of handwriting taught, it is essentially Palmerian - which is an adaptation of Spencerian and a forerunner to what we know as "traditional." This volume can be used in a variety of ways. It is a self-instructional manual for an older (5th grade and up) student who wants to perfect and polish their handwriting. However, it also provides the necessary instructional and technique information needed to start younger children.

These materials span grades and include both instruction and practice.

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To improve my cursive and do a subject together with my 8th grader.
Elizabeth P on Aug 4, 2022
I love cursive handwriting and wanted to know more. Also, Robert Goulet recommended this title to me.
Alma F on Apr 12, 2021
To improve my cursive and do a subject together with my 8th grader.
Elizabeth P on Aug 4, 2022
To relearn cursive because it's becoming a lost art. I think this is a quality book for the style I'm trying to adapt. :)
tyreena g on Jan 30, 2022
I love cursive handwriting and wanted to know more. Also, Robert Goulet recommended this title to me.
Alma F on Apr 12, 2021
requested as a gift
David W on Nov 25, 2020
This is the cursive system taught at my child's previous school.
Laura M on Oct 31, 2020
My girls love penmanship and want to take it to the next level. Looks like fun!
Mary T on Oct 19, 2020
Purchasing for adult wishing to learn cursive writing.
Greg R on May 27, 2020
I am a fountain pen enthusiast and am hoping to instill a love of writing in my children, and they are interested in improving their handwriting. This book has received strong recommendations as a practice tool.
Carl-Christian J on Apr 21, 2020
Improve handwriting aesthetics and efficiency!
Mark S on Oct 23, 2019
to improve my handwriting
william H on Sep 19, 2019
Writing by pen to paper has always been my chosen method for study and cursive writing is the most optimum style for long sessions of writing.
Zulfazli R on Sep 4, 2019
We we're looking for a high school cursive workbook for my teen and this one looked great based off all the reviews!
Teresa C on Aug 28, 2019
It has been recommended to my son by The Art of Manliness.
Ester L on Jul 24, 2019
I listened to a great podcast interviewing this author on The Art of Manliness, and it sounds like he really knows his stuff, loves his art, and is able to teach others many things besides simply how to form the letters. My fifth grader wants to learn "real" cursive, not the Getty-Dubay Italic he's been doing, and this seemed like a well-rounded program for him.
Patricia C on Jun 30, 2019
It looked like the best
John K on Jun 29, 2019
Recommended by online article as a way to improve cursive penmanship.
Brian S on Jun 13, 2019
I chose this curriculum because I read it was the best one available for adults who want to improve their handwriting.
Sheila S on Jun 7, 2019
I picked this item to learn cursive
Matthew K on Apr 18, 2019
to teach an older student handwriting
Shawnee P on Mar 3, 2019
Apparently its one of the best books for learning Cursive Hand Writing and currently my hand writing is S***
Caleb F on Feb 3, 2019
I have an older student who needs to improve his handwriting.
Joie B on Jan 24, 2019
A friend referred me to get this.
Jason H on Dec 8, 2018
It is for older scholars who need handwriting help. I have used it before. It's great
Tara M on Dec 4, 2018
It looks like it may be better for an older elementary school age
Tara M on Oct 31, 2018
I want to learn to write with a fountain pen in cursive
Paul H D on Oct 15, 2018
A friend introduced me to it. I chose to buy from your site because it was the cheapest option even though I would have preferred the loose-leaf version.
Jay B on Oct 12, 2018
For my 13 year old son to learn cursive
Daniel D on Aug 23, 2018
Attempting to learn brush lettering.
Amanda S on Aug 20, 2018
I chose this curriculum because I am addressing my highschool son's writing and it was recommended by "The Art of Manliness" podcasts. I think it will be easier for them to work with this and less elementary.
Kent J on Aug 14, 2018
I bought this curriculum because I needed a curriculum that could teach a beginner(youngest child) and be a review for my older child.
Annie H on Aug 8, 2018
I need to improve my handwriting for business.
Bradley B on Jul 4, 2018
improve my penmanship
david b on Apr 29, 2018
recommended as a good adult learning tool I am a longhand writer and my printing just isn't quick enough to keep up with my thoughts.
gregory m on Mar 20, 2018
I am looking for a handwriting program to help my teenage son. Most other handwriting programs are too childish in appearance.
Abigail B on Mar 19, 2018
It appears to have foundational practices in the building of cursive!
Jami H on Mar 1, 2018
Want to be better at writing in cursive
Nathan B on Feb 28, 2018
recommended by a friend who said it was excellent; liked the reviews too
Lisa H on Feb 12, 2018
saw on boho berry
Beth M on Feb 5, 2018
Because I want to learn how to write cursive neater.
Kevin P on Feb 5, 2018
This is a Christmas gift for our son's fiancee who has forgotten cursive because of obsoleteness and non-use since learning it in 3rd grade. This particular cursive aid had the best reviews of any I found, and the price on Rainbow Resource Center was much better than Amazon. Not only that, but shipping from the seller on Amazon was extremely slow, and I needed it for Christmas.
Beverly O on Dec 13, 2017
I need to improve my cursive handwriting
Christopher R on Dec 11, 2017
I heard from multiple sources this was the best book for learning cursive, and you had by far the best price.
Ashley S on Nov 30, 2017
Cheap shipping
Curtis G on Nov 29, 2017
We have been looking for a handwriting course that was beautiful, yet functional. I think this is the best of both worlds. Perhaps my children will have handwriting as beautiful as my Pop's was!
Tracy A Spenst on Sep 8, 2017
It was recommended.
Eric Y on Sep 4, 2017
Price on American Cursive Handwriting was cheaper then Amazon.
Elizabeth C on Aug 28, 2017
I want to improve and practice my handwriting. I am left handed and enjoy the skill of good penmanship. Kevin
kevin z on Aug 11, 2017
best price around and affordable shipping
Chris P on Jul 19, 2017
Want to re-learn cursive writing.
Lynn C on May 18, 2017
So I can continue to the art of hand writing a letter to people I care about.
Eric S on May 11, 2017
To relearn cursive because it's becoming a lost art. I think this is a quality book for the style I'm trying to adapt. :)
tyreena g on Jan 30, 2022
requested as a gift
David W on Nov 25, 2020
Should I buy one book per student or are the pages meant to be copied?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We copied our pages because we wanted to be able to practice the same pages more than once, like the "Movement Exercise Practice Sheet" and the "Cross-Drill Exercise Practice Sheet." It does give 2 blank copies of each of those at the back, so if you were only thinking to do any given sheet 3 times or less, you could just write in the book.
Is this a year long program, or can it be completed faster?
A shopper on May 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would think faster than a year. There are many, many exercises. I would think you might shorten some of them to do it faster.
what is the font in this? I don't see any samples.
A shopper on May 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It’s “American cursive”. The script on the cover is representative of the script inside. If you search “American cursive” and “Michael Sull”, you can see more examples.
The description mentions a "Primary Grade Supplement". Is this available for purchase separately or is it included with the "American Cursive Handwriting" book? Thanks!
A shopper on Jun 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The primary grade supplement is meant for use by those below 5th grade. It does not come with the book. What we found is that this book assumes the user already knows how to make the letter shapes but needs to work on accuracy and form. If the user doesn't know the cursive letter shapes you'll need some extra material - we were in this situation and supplemented with a different method intended for second graders, which was not the same font exactly, but close enough for our purposes.
What Pen points did you use with this curriculum?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We just used sharpened standard #2 pencils, as my daughter is just learning this script and it can be very frustrating using pen when wanting to correct the shape of a letter. Pens can be used later on once the lettering is better mastered.
One of the answers to a question states this is spiral bound, but the description states loose-leaf. I just want to confirm which it will be?
A shopper on Jan 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: it has been a while so this is to the best of my knowledge... mine arrived loose leaf with holes punched for a 3 ring and i put it into a binder.
Is this the 3 hole punched version or spiral?
A shopper on Jul 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is now loose leaf.
Does this have practice pages for students?
A shopper on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, there are practice pages within each chapter (these have specific text on them), AND there are blank pages in the Appendix. These blank pages have the 2 different size writing lines for regular & then smaller script writing. These blank pages also have the slant lines on them, to help the child with the slant of the script writing.
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Rated 5 out of 5
He inspired passion about handwriting. I am forever influenced by his work.
July 21, 2020
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
worked when everything else had failed
My son was not ready for cursive in 3rd grade when the schools taught it, and over time even his manuscript was getting more and more illegible due to less and less handwritten work as the schools shifted everything onto computer. I had tried teaching him with other cursive methods intended for elementary kids, but nothing worked until we finally buckled down with this course. The key for us was the beginning warmup sheet, which is a page of circles, lines, and spirals. My son, by now in 7th grade, did this page and only this page every day for a couple of weeks (the virus lockdown finally gave us the opportunity to be totally consistent with the program). This warmup exercise built his fine motor strength and made him ready to learn cursive, while simultaneously dramatically improving his manuscript and his numbers. It even helped him in math since he used to miss problems due to not being able to read his own writing. This course assumes that you are already familiar with how to make the shapes of the letters, and since my son had forgotten, we supplemented with one of the failed elementary courses just for getting letter formation. Eventually we were able to shift entirely to this course, and my son is continuing to work one page each day to polish and refine his handwriting. He was so proud when he had learned the final letter that he started writing cursive in every possible place, even on his math work. If your child has missed the cursive boat due to poor fine motor skills, try this method and really stick with that first warmup page; it will seem as if you are getting nowhere at first but progress is happening and you will be richly rewarded when your child no longer feels ashamed for not knowing cursive.
July 8, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Thorough and wonderfully presented
My 9yo son wanted to relearn cursive and improve his handwriting, so after watching some videos on YouTube of Michael Sull writing and commenting on writing we decided on this program. He is very happy with it and does one lesson each day, which does not seem to be burdensome. He is using the standard book and can already see an improvement in his writing by following the instructions on letter formation, placement and size. We are a month in and I anticipate he will finish this program with as much enthusiasm as he is starting.
August 29, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Amazing Penmanship Transformation!
I used this with my two older children, who were 13 and 12 at the time. They both could write neatly when they were very intentional about it, but most of their "everyday" writing was quite sloppy. Both were initially resistant to the idea of "Handwriting Bootcamp," as I called it. Once my 13-year-old son read the introductory information about muscle memory, he said, "That makes sense," and worked on the assignments with a great attitude. He laughs now that his friends can always recognize anything written because it is in such neat, legible cursive! (No anonymous youth group surveys for this kid anymore!) My 12-year-old daughter had a pretty negative attitude for the first half of the program, until she started getting compliments from others on her neat cursive. Then, she finished it up with a good attitude, because it felt good to be noticed for neat writing, instead of messy. So, I found that this worked well with both an enthusiastic and an unenthusiastic child. My 10-year-old daughter is working on the program now, and initial results are encouraging!
January 23, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5
Really enjoying this as an adult
I ordered this, because I am an older person who got worried about cognitive ability as I age. I also had horrible handwriting that I tended to blame on my brilliant mind (yeah right:).

This has some of the simplest--yet best--handwriting advice I ever came across. I had good teachers in grade school--but this information was not taught to me.

In any case--I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy this self-study course. I highly recommend it to any adult who wants to re-acquaint themselves with cursive handwriting.
November 3, 2017
over 5 years ago

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