D'Nealian Handwriting is the original continuous stroke handwriting program! It's based on a few simple connecting strokes that children then use to write in cursive. Grade 4.
D'Nealian style handwriting uses a continuous stroke method. The letters have a more elegant look than a traditional ball-and-stick method. With more fluid lines and fewer pencil lifts, the chance for letter reversals is greatly reduced. In fact, 80% of the letters are the same in both print and cursive! The easier transition from print to cursive happens in grade 2. These colorful workbooks have plenty of age-level practice for a daily lesson including all tasks listed in the 2008 version, maintaining a focus on letter size and spacing. While the pages are bright white, they have the feel of newsprint. The student workbooks are quite open and go, but you also have a teacher book included in your online access. The graphics you see of the teacher book are from the online access, not a physical book. Inside the student book is a card you will use to access the online component. Follow the instructions to Savvas Realize where you will find tabs under “browse”. These tabs include table of contents, resources, standards, leveled readers, an eText and tools. I found the most useful content under the resources section. There are stroke modeling animations a child could watch for more help, but really, these seem to be more classroom-style resources. The books are friendly to use without the teacher component, but it is nice to have the extra support if needed. One thing that did seem helpful is found under Teacher Resources in the online access. It is a practice generator where you can create and assign personalized practice pages for your student to complete. Perforated pages are NOT reproducible. ~Sara
These materials are specifically graded and include both instruction and practice.