Teach Yourself Cursive: Create a Cursive that Fits You (New American Cursive)

Teach Yourself Cursive: Create a Cursive that Fits You (New American Cursive)

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ISBN: 9780979767852
Grades: 5-AD

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It is possible to teach an old dog new tricks or in this case, an older student to write legibly in cursive. Actually, what's even better is that this program allows your students to teach themselves. With plenty of guides and incentives, older students will find practice to be easy and a pleasure. They'll only need to devote 15 minutes a day, and by using the step-by-step lesson plan they can work toward developing an individual style. ~ Janice
Category Description for New American Cursive:

Handwriting with a bit of a different approach will teach your child cursive skills beginning in first grade. There are fewer strokes, a natural right slant, and the strokes are simplified. The philosophy is that students have the motor skills to write cursive at the first grade level, and when we wait to teach them at about third grade, they literally go back to the speed of first grade writing as they transition from print to cursive.

Each book includes a 7-page teaching guide, 68 instruction and exercise lessons, illustrations and exercises for letter connections, and practice sheets with quotes and Bible verses (a secular version of Book II uses quotes from famous Americans in lieu of Bible verses). Book II has in addition a handwriting evaluation form, review of paper placement and pencil position, review of letter and number formations, and progress reports and test pages. The books have an uncluttered, visual appeal with uncramped space to practice. Since the books are intended for first grade, the spacing is very important.

'Mr. Meerkat' guides your child through each book as he shows the way to draw each letter and encourages creativity. Each lesson includes 3 different types of practice pages. The first page in each lesson is the 'instruction page' on which students follow a 3-step process under Mr. Meerkat's direction. Students first say the letter; the second step is to feel the letter. In this second step students trace large format letters with their finger and are also encouraged to write the letters in the air or draw them on a table with their finger. The third step is to write the letter, both upper and lower case, first by tracing and then by forming the letters. The second page of the lesson is a practice page, and the third page is fun exercises and artwork. Students will practice letter connections, words, and short sentences and even have an opportunity to draw something fun. A reminder for proper paper placement and pencil position is placed at the bottom of pages throughout the book.

The third book still incorporates whimsical Mr. Meerkat as your child's guide through the lessons. There are 100 lessons, one lesson per page, which should take only about 10-15 minutes daily. Many of the lessons are intended to increase creative writing skills by asking the student to write about something familiar, and there are still opportunities for artwork. Other lessons are copy work, which incorporate scripture (KJV and NKJV) and lessons on manners. The first section of book 3 is review of letterforms, connections, size, slant, spacing, and proper pencil, paper, and posture review techniques. A test is provided in lesson 4 to help you evaluate your child's letter formation.

Before the 1940s, children were taught cursive in the first grade. This course provides the opportunity to use this simple technique to bring back the art of handwriting. - Donna




These materials span grades and include both instruction and practice.




Primary Subject
Handwriting
Grade Start
5
Grade End
AD
ISBN
9780979767852
Author
Iris Hatfield
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Memoria Press
Weight
1.1 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.5" x 9.0" x 0.5"
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looked good
Lisa T on Sep 2, 2020
Older child learning cursive. I like that the student can create their own style, as I actually don't like some of the common "textbook" styles.
Lisa M on Sep 6, 2019
looked good
Lisa T on Sep 2, 2020
I have an older student who needs to learn cursive and he didn't want a "little kid" book.
Heather N on Apr 30, 2020
Older child learning cursive. I like that the student can create their own style, as I actually don't like some of the common "textbook" styles.
Lisa M on Sep 6, 2019
My sophomore has never mastered cursive, so I was looking for a program that was more mature in design..
Kimberly C on Feb 8, 2019
My son is wanting to teach other kids his age to write in cursive.
Katie P on Sep 13, 2018
My teenaged son needs to improve his penmanship
Deborah V on Jul 17, 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
To teach an 18 year old how to write cursive
Teresa K on Jan 18, 2018
public schools no longer teach cursive
User on Jan 3, 2018
a friend recommended it.
Jennifer S on Dec 21, 2017
It sounds perfect for my sixth grader!
Claudine H on Nov 28, 2017
Getting this for my high school-age sons that haven't been using the cursive they learned. Now they want to sign their names, so they want to give cursive another try. I chose this book because it's not a "little kid book".
Rich K on Aug 18, 2017
Hoping this will help improve our son's handwriting!
Shari T on Aug 18, 2017
I have an older student that needs to perfect her cursive.
Laura G on Aug 14, 2017
cheapest place i found this product
Stephanie G on May 9, 2017
My son needs some remedial help with handwriting.
User on Apr 18, 2017
least expensively priced
Stacy M on Mar 15, 2017
Looks like it will meet my needs to re-learn cursive handwriting. I have an interest in fountain pens and would like to have appropriate handwriting to go along with these wonderful tools.
Harold Augur A on Feb 23, 2017
I wanted to brush up on my cursive as I taught it to my son. I thought we could work at the same pace but this book is quite different from New American Cursive I.
Sarah H on Feb 20, 2017
My daughter wanted to work on her cursive more outside of school.
Rebecca M on Jan 18, 2017
All the reviews I have read are good and it seemed like a good fit for my daughters who were not taught in school.
Andrea B on Jun 14, 2016
saw this at our homeschool convention and it looked like a good pick for my son with an artistic bent
Holly S on Jun 11, 2016
I need a cursive workbook for my young adult son. I like the features of the course as listed for the book, and the style will work fine.
Gari V on Jun 10, 2016
This is geared for an older child or adult and the goal is good writing not nit picky details. Hopefully this works well for my teen who hasn't succeeded with cursive up to now.
Jason H on Feb 22, 2016
my 8th grader wants to learn to write cursive better
Kelli W on Nov 18, 2015
My High School Junior is impressed by her little sister's New American Cursive, and wanted to expand her penmanship skill through this book.
Melissa W on Oct 27, 2015
To assist employees to write more legibly
chip w on Oct 26, 2015
My son in fifth grade still struggles with cursive and I hope this helps him make the transition-finally!
Karen H on Sep 24, 2015
I have an older student who needs to learn cursive and he didn't want a "little kid" book.
Heather N on Apr 30, 2020
My sophomore has never mastered cursive, so I was looking for a program that was more mature in design..
Kimberly C on Feb 8, 2019
Will this work for a high school student who has never been taught cursive?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes--the letter breakdown is simple, but not childish. I bought it to refresh my skills and to learn alongside with my child. It's quite different than the bookNew American Cursive book for younger children--advances quickly, lines are smaller, and there's more background information. I found it to be a little lengthy. If you're wanting a simple cursive method, check out CursiveLogic.
Can you make copies for other children in home?
A shopper on Feb 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you could but I think it would be cumbersome. I think it would be easy to use with lined paper though. This workbook instructs you to find your own style so it seems like you could potentially use it with multiple children by using lined paper for practice of concepts. You could use a plaster see through report cover over the initial instruction pages, using dry erase markers and then lined paper for practice.
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For boys too!
I bought this for my son; his handwriting needed help, but he doesn't really like to write. He has actually enjoyed this. I explained it would allow him to make some of the letters the way
he is comfortable. He's been doing it all year, and just today it went over your signature. He was so animated to create his own signature!!
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