Rhythm of Handwriting Cursive Book (2nd Edition)
2nd edition also includes instruction on writing numbers 0-9 and handwriting strokes.
Logic of English wanted a custom font that was developmentally appropriate for young students and helpful for students struggling with handwriting. We worked with David Occhino Design to create the School LOE™ font, which they released in 2013 in both manuscript and cursive. The Rhythm of Handwriting Student Book guides you through all the steps needed to help your student develop rhythmic, fluid, comfortable handwriting.
Cursive Program Highlights
- All lowercase letters begin on the baseline.
- Uppercase letters only connect to the next letter if they end on the baseline.
- The capital Q has been simplified to reflect the manuscript version.
- Letter formation is closely matched to the manuscript font to facilitate ease in transition from one to another.
The Rhythm of Handwriting Cursive Student Book can stand alone as a handwriting curriculum, but we recommend supplementing the workbook with one or more of our Handwriting Supplements with the program.
If you are teaching Foundations, Rhythm of Handwriting instruction is completely incorporated into the curriculum, so you do not need to buy the handwriting book separately.
Language arts programs listed in this section cover most areas of language arts (reading/literature, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting) in one curriculum, although some skill areas may be covered with less intensity than a focused, stand-alone course.
After reading Uncovering the Logic of English, I was expecting a very organized, thorough, easy to teach course. I was not disappointed. Gathered into a mere 40 lessons, the course imbues students with an almost comprehensive understanding of English as applied to reading, writing, and spelling. While the course was originally conceived for 8-year-old to adult students who are not reading at grade level, it may be used effectively with children as young as five or "young emerging readers". To begin the lessons, students must have:
Developed phonemic awareness (realize that letters and letter combinations make sounds and can distinguish sounds)
Lest the prerequisites scare you away from beginning this program, the author has provided advice and direction for preparing your child for the lessons. A fourteen-page Before You Begin section provides a framework for teaching all three. She recommends spending 30 preliminary sessions doing so. While the basic instructions are here, you may want to incorporate some other supplementary materials for this preparatory segment. Many good products are available to make this part easier on you. As a side note, she also presents a compelling case for teaching your beginner cursive rather than manuscript writing. >
Five different implementation schedules are provided to accommodate any age and level of proficiency from the youngest beginner to remedial adult. For the youngest student, the course will progress at the rate of one lesson every two weeks (80 weeks), whereas the older, remedial student will complete a lesson every one to two days.
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These materials span grades and include both instruction and practice.
Originally part of the Logic of English program, The Rhythm of Handwriting is now available as a stand-alone course that teaches motion mastery and reinforces phonemic awareness. Beginning students practice letters using large-motor movements first. While the author of that program prefers that students learn cursive first, books are available in both manuscript and cursive. Both use a style that minimizes fine motor articulation and develops rhythmic handwriting. Lessons include a variety of line sizes making them usable for students at different levels of fine motor development. Letters are taught in groups based on initial stroke; a logical approach that also encourages muscle memory. Supplements to the handwriting program include tactile cards and quick reference charts. Each 2-page reference chart has a fold-out flap demonstrating the 14 types of strokes needed to make all the letters. The body of the chart shows how to form example letters grouped by type of stroke. Letters are formed on a short line segment with midline, accompanied by written instructions. And, for the teacher, the 11 steps for teaching handwriting are included as a reminder.
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