New American Cursive StartWrite Software

New American Cursive StartWrite Software

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Item #: 050483
ISBN: 9780979767845
Grades: 1-4
Note: This item is NOT recommended for use with Mac regardless of what the publisher says. WON'T RUN on Mac Lion.

Product Description:

New American Cursive (NAC) Software allows you to make your own worksheets in the New American Cursive handwriting style. The software allows you to adjust guidelines, give dotted or solid line examples, place starting dots and/or guide arrows, or add art work. Besides making your own handwriting worksheets, there are lesson files with premade sheets to practice the alphabet. Please note that unlike the original StartWrite software which has multiple font options, this version only includes the New American Cursive font style.

This software is easy to install and use on PCs but is not recommended for Mac. System requirements are: Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista or later 16 MB of RAM, 20 MB of available hard disk space. The instruction guide is included on the disc in PDF files. Supplemental practice for New American Cursive is scarce, so make your own practice worksheets with this special software created specifically for the NAC handwriting style. Donna

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
1
Grade End
4
Note 1
This item is NOT recommended for use with Mac regardless of
Note 2
what the publisher says. WON'T RUN on Mac Lion.
ISBN
9780979767845
Format
Other
Brand Name
New American Cursive
Weight
0.01 (lbs.)
Dimensions
5.0" x 5.0" x 0.06"
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To teach my children cursive in an economical way.
Laura P on May 22, 2019
to make my own copywork for my homeschool
Jennifer C on Jan 1, 2019
To teach my children cursive in an economical way.
Laura P on May 22, 2019
To help solidify my children's spelling and cursive at the same time
Christine M on Feb 16, 2019
to make my own copywork for my homeschool
Jennifer C on Jan 1, 2019
For practice reading and writing cursive.
Kristina C on Aug 26, 2018
used it in past
Letetia M on Aug 26, 2018
Need to try something that will get 12 year to write in cursive without meltdown.
Molly S on Aug 18, 2018
It seems like a great resource to create your own cursive practice sheets.
Jonathan B on Apr 15, 2018
I want to be able to create my own practice sheets. Seems a much more economical route to go!
Hanna L on Mar 19, 2018
Daughter-in-law is using these books to teach her son.
Elizabeth C on Sep 7, 2017
Recommended by my homeschool advisor to improve my child's handwriting and provide more resources and practice.
Mary K on Feb 23, 2017
I have used NAC workbook previously and thought his would be a more economical option.
Wendy N on Jul 26, 2016
Would like to make my own worksheets with copywork
Kimi on Jul 5, 2016
To help solidify my children's spelling and cursive at the same time
Christine M on Feb 16, 2019
For practice reading and writing cursive.
Kristina C on Aug 26, 2018
Does this work on Mac Mojave? If not, is there a Mac version?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, doesn’t work on Mac. Unfortunately I have to use the kids’ laptop when I need to use it. I love the idea of this, but it’s super tedious to use, not remembering my settings from page to page.
Will this work with the new Windows 10?
User on Sep 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Per the publisher: Yes, it works on Windows 10.
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Cursive capitals are not quite right.
I love the freedom to create custom cursive copywork, but have to omit some of the capital letters and hand write them in myself, because the font is wonky. Very archaic GUI but, overall it works well.
January 31, 2019
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