New American Cursive StartWrite Software
|Note:||This item is NOT recommended for use with Mac regardless of what the publisher says. WON'T RUN on Mac Lion.|
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
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, followed by instruction and exercises, illustrations 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 and III also include handwriting evaluations, 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 elementary grades, 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. 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.
over 3 years ago