Fast-paced college note-taking ruined my handwriting and it never recovered, not even when I was teaching handwriting skills to my own children (do as I say, not as I do). If I had stumbled onto this little manual at the right time, I could have changed all that. This manual trains teachers to improve their handwriting so they are better prepared to teach children to have good handwriting. Both a manuscript and a cursive pretest are included (so you can prove you don't need to be trained or, more likely to understand why you do need training). Next, systematic instruction is given in manuscript and cursive letter strokes, elements of legibility, size, alignment, spacing, paper position, and joinings. Most importantly, there is plenty of room to practice first on strokes, then letters, then words, and sentences. Just like we want our children to do practice. A stroke-by-stroke listing of possible errors and ways to correct them is also provided. Each practice page becomes a self-checking worksheet. The final 20 pages of the book is a brief tutorial on how to teach handwriting in the classroom (easily adaptable for the homeschool). This will help you if you end up teaching a lefty (while you're a righty) as I did. The two posttests manuscript and cursive gives you the opportunity to pat yourself on the back. If you've wanted to hide your own handwriting as you've taught your children or if you feel your own handwriting inadequacies make you a bit of a hypocrite as you encourage your children to practice, this manual may be just what you're looking for. Use it yourself to get ahead of the game before you teach your children to write or use it alongside your children to show them that no one is too old to learn. 176 pgs, landscape orientation, pb ~ Janice
Formerly the 2nd edition of Universal Publishing Handwriting, this series has been relaunched as "Writing for Learning." These straightforward, no-nonsense handwriting workbooks are 8.5" x 11" with the first seven in landscape format. The series consists of 11 books, designed to help students all the way from learning the basic strokes to mastering cursive. Books feature color covers, but are black-and-white inside.Reading/Writing Readiness gets students ready to write by engaging them in a series of prewriting activities including tracing and drawing lines (up and down, left to right, and slanted), tracing and drawing shapes, matching letters, numbers and shapes, coloring, and completing mazes. In the PK/K level, children are ready to learn how to write their manuscript letters from Aa to Zz. Many pages also offer an activity such as a matching or maze exercise. Thegrades K and 1 levels feature slightly smaller writing lines and review all of the manuscript letters A-Z and guide students toward writing short words and sentences. Students begin the transition to cursive in book M/C (2nd grade). The first part of this book reviews manuscript. Students then learn the additional strokes for cursive and the cursive alphabet, practicing individual letters and short sentences. The third grade book is similar to the cursive part of the transition book, offering review of each cursive letter with individual letters, words, and sentences.
The last four books in the series are portrait format and feature smaller lines. These continue offering cursive practice, with most pages progressing from letter practice to word practice to practice writing a sentence or a paragraph. The sentences and paragraphs to copy are always very educationally-focused, including facts about plants and animals, tidbits on geographical places and famous people, and other interesting pieces of information. Between practice on individual letters, there are occasionally opportunities to practice "real-life" writing, such as writing an address on a postcard or filling out a job application form. Overall, a solid choice for learning traditional style handwriting that offers plenty of cursive enrichment. 80 pages each, pb. - Melissa
These materials are graded specifically and include both instruction and practice.