New American Cursive Penmanship Program Workbook 1

New American Cursive Penmanship Program Workbook 1

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Item #: 045063
ISBN: 9780979767807
Grades: 1-3

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Publisher Description:

The character Mr. Meerkat is the book's guide, making learning tasks fun; step by step, he shows the way to draw each letter and encourages creativity. There are clear arrow directions for letter creation, and plenty of shaded letters to trace for practice. The book is bound at the top for equal access for left- and right-handers. NACs simplified strokes and letter forms allow first grade students to truly master beautiful cursive. We have used NAC in our Highlands Latin School, with dramatic results. Every child can master cursive in the first grade, and many of our first graders write better than typical third graders. Learning cursive early ensures that students are not slowed down or frustrated in the upper grades when they are focusing on other subjects, such as grammar and composition.

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.

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Iris Hatfield
Softcover Book
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Memoria Press
0.8 (lbs.)
8.5" x 11.0" x 0.25"
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Very easy and gentle to use to teach cursive.
Danielle K on Aug 5, 2020
we love Mr Meerkat!
Stacia B on Jul 16, 2020
Very easy and gentle to use to teach cursive.
Danielle K on Aug 5, 2020
Book list
Jennifer G on Jul 18, 2020
we love Mr Meerkat!
Stacia B on Jul 16, 2020
Ruth & Donna
Susan C on Jul 9, 2020
I have enjoyed using this curriculum in the past.
Lea S on Jun 10, 2020
Very much like how this program progresses. We start this in 2nd grade after they've completed 2 years of printing.
Cheryl J on May 21, 2020
needed for 1st grade memoria press
Jami G on Apr 7, 2020
I like the simplistic approach, just basic cursive lessons. I think this will be simple and enjoyable for my student.
Karen G on Aug 3, 2019
Perfect for starting young children with cursive writing. We usually start cursive at age 7 or 8. This is perfect and walks them through step by step. Follow up with workbook 2, and we have young children confident in their ability to write and read cursive.
Colette G on Jun 6, 2019
I like this simple cursive workbook. No frills, cute & neutral meerkat friend, gives a great foundation for beginning cursive student!
Emily H on Apr 29, 2019
Need it for my daughter's Memoria Press curriculum. The format is very easy to follow and not too much per lesson.
User on Mar 8, 2019
Adding a second one for more practice. We like it a lot.
Mary E on Feb 6, 2019
I'm hoping to use with my 6-year old son.
Melissa G on Jan 20, 2019
I've tried two other cursive curriculum, and am just trying another! No real complaints, just seeing what's out there.
Anna B on Dec 6, 2018
Looks like a good cursive program, I wanted one for all my 4 kids (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7).
miss_honeyb on Aug 31, 2018
I love this cursive program. Very easy to learn.
Julie W on Aug 8, 2018
We homeschool and love this program for handwriting. I have used others but this one is my favorite.
Lindsey S on Aug 7, 2018
I like the handwriting style and the books are very straightforward for my kids and actually have worthwhile things to copy.
User on Aug 4, 2018
Curriculum for school.
Marsha M on Jul 29, 2018
I love the the top spiral binding for my left handed writer
Brianne W on Jun 22, 2018
I used this with my older son and will continue to use it with my younger one, too!
Bridget N W on Jun 12, 2018
This seems to be the best cursive curriculum available that I've seen.
Heather L on May 7, 2018
Excellent cursive step by step program.
Sarah J on Jan 19, 2018
I've used this program before and I like it's results. I like the practice it gives the children and the guidance. It is sound.
Janine M on Jan 16, 2018
Christian Curriculum
Shay P on Jan 11, 2018
daughter wants to learn cursive writing
Candice G on Jan 4, 2018
We have done it before and I liked the progression
Lea S on Jan 1, 2018
clean lines and nice letter formation
Dana J on Dec 14, 2017
My kids need to learn cursive.
Patricia C on Nov 24, 2017
I chose this to start my first grader with cursive handwriting. He is asking how to write his letters in cursive, so I think he is ready.
Amber H on Oct 18, 2017
We homeschool.
Ricardo C on Sep 21, 2017
Trying something new recommended to me
Nicholas C on Jun 24, 2017
Son wants to learn cursive which isn't taught in public school. He'll have to teach himself- and I believe this well-rated, intuitive style of handwriting will be easy to pick up on quickly, especially with entertaining words and phrases.
Jennifer M on Jun 3, 2017
A friend recommended it for my son.
Melinda F on May 22, 2017
Kids requesting to learn cursive and they don't teach it at their school.
shannon s on Feb 28, 2017
This cursive looked beautiful but yet easier than the standard.
Dawn R C on Feb 28, 2017
This looked like an easy to follow cursive option for my rising 2nd grader. It has been a great introduction to cursive.
Sarah H on Feb 20, 2017
For cursive intro for my 1st grader.
David F on Feb 3, 2017
Was a very appealing way to learn cursive for my granddaughter, and hope my grandson will enjoy Mr. Meerkat as much as his sister did.
Mary G on Jan 8, 2017
It worked very well with our older daughter and she enjoyed Mr Meerkat so we are using with her sister.
James W on Dec 28, 2016
To teach my second grader cursive. I like the simplified cursive and that the instructions are included in the workbook.
Susan R on Dec 27, 2016
I'm looking for a cursive program to start with a 6yr. old. so i'm trying this one.
Wendi W on Dec 14, 2016
used for older child and it was very helpful
Jamie L on Sep 21, 2016
High schooler never learned it and wants to!
Myron O on Sep 15, 2016
Have used with another child and works great!
Melody T on Aug 26, 2016
I read great reviews on it in The Well Trained Mind and from Cathy Duffy Reviews.
Joy M on Aug 11, 2016
have used this on past students with great success
Marilyn K on Jul 29, 2016
This is a very helpful way to teach a younger child cursive without wearing them out too soon, especially if they have an older sibling writing cursive and they want to be like that sibling.
Donna K on Jul 11, 2016
I used to use HWOT Cursive and feel like it's just not easy to read or attractive. I'm hoping this will be just a simple but better for my sons' handwriting.
Kimi on Jul 5, 2016
I am using the Memoria Press Simply Classical Curriculum: Level 2 and this is a required text.
Rachel L on Jun 14, 2016
Book list
Jennifer G on Jul 18, 2020
Ruth & Donna
Susan C on Jul 9, 2020
Is the New American Cursive Book Secular? I see that the other levels give a choice, but Level 1 does not.
Shannon on Aug 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is. The book has students write simple words that begin with the assigned letter (bat, hat, car, etc.) with now religious words. At the very end of the book, students are instructed to copy and write independently the Pledge of Allegiance. That is the only "content" in the book. Otherwise, it simply teaches how to form letters and numbers.
Is there a teacher's book for this?
User on Jul 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. There is a brief section at the beginning of the book for the teacher. This is all you need to buy. My daughter has really enjoyed learning cursive from the New American cursive books. As a first grader it was the one subject that she was able to do fairly independently.
Does this contain bible verses?
Gabriela Z on Oct 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I know the first book has the Pledge of Allegiance. I don't recall any Bible verses. I know for certain that there are Bible verses and references to God in books two and three. There was a little Latin translation with English and Spanish as a lesson in there somewhere too (second book?). Hope that helps.
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Great Purchase
My 3rd grade son is beginning cursive this year. I have used other programs but am by far pleased with the simple, complete layout of this cursive program. His writing is progressing beautifuly and his print has even improved.
September 23, 2019
1 year ago
Horrible looking font
I use the Memoria Press complete package, but I skip American Cursive. Instead I use Abeka. This cursive almost a print/cursive hybrid. Some of the letter look the same as the print versions. I do not find this cursive attractive at all.
February 13, 2018
Love it!
I love these cursive book! I think it goes at a great speed and is easy to learn!!
September 24, 2017
over 3 years ago
Best for those introducing cursive early
We started this product during the last half of 2nd grade (not the first time exposed to cursive with another program however), and my learner already has decent legibility with his printing. So I'm skipping over some of the "just learning to write" basics in the beginning, but it's solid practice for a child who needs to back over the basics of cursive and teaching for a young learner. I like the simplicity of the style and would definitely recommend it for early elementary students.
February 11, 2017
over 3 years ago
cursive writing helps develop a fluent thinking as well-Excellent
cursive writing helps develop a fluent thinking as well-Excellent
My boys used it with double gain-writing and thinking better as old generations did.
February 10, 2017
over 3 years ago
Well Done
I expected a boring cursive book but found, to my pleasure, that this book is engaging and as cheerful as a handwriting book can be. There is just enough practice for a child to "get it." But, not so much as to bore or tire them out. Happy purchase.
October 6, 2016
over 4 years ago
Great product
My 6.5 year old son has been begging to learn cursive. We picked this up and it's perfect. The explanations are fun and aimed toward small kids, with a friendly character explaining writing in terms of play (climb up, slide down, etc.). The size of the print is good, and there is some room for kids to draw or add in artwork of their own (we've not done it, but it could be an easy enhancement to ask them to draw a cursive letter and turn it into a picture at the bottom, or something fun like that).
April 26, 2016
over 4 years ago
Great for beginners
I decided to start my kindergartener and 2nd grader with this. I have tried other materials for them to learn cursive, but couldn't get them to stick. They are both doing a beautiful job of writing. They enjoy it. Their print, I think is improving simultaneously (I allow them to print in workbooks, as they know what their letters look like and can write them). They enjoy being able to work independently on this, but I may have to check that they didn't skip pages. I have been super impressed with my 5/6yr old's writing. She is so proud of her work. I sometimes have to check if a letter was me working with her, or her own. (I just have to remind them on occasion to follow the stroke number order.) I wish I would have started my oldest with cursive! What a battle to get her to do cursive now! Also having my oldest in book 2 to correct some of her cursive writing errors she has developed.
October 14, 2015
over 5 years ago
My eight year old son recently completed New American Cursive I and his handwriting is just beautiful The workbook is nicely laid out with plenty of writing reinforcement and practice for each letter My son essentially worked through it on his own with very little help from me I am ordering NAC II for him and NAC I for his six year old sister Highly recommended!
June 15, 2011

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