Cheerful Cursive

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Item #: 018482
ISBN: 9780929223186
Grades: 2-4
Author: Mastery Publications Staff

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Publisher: Mastery Publications
Pub. Date: January 2004
Binding: Trade Paper
Language: English

Product Description

Category Description for Traditional Style Handwriting Programs - Multi-Grade

Customer Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
14 Reviews
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My daughter loves it
I'm using this with my 10yo, 4th grade daughter. She learned D'nealian first, and this is perfect! She's able to do this independently, and her cursive is really progressing nicely! I enjoy how the lessons are a bit varied, but predictable, and how they incorporate so many skills into a penmanship program! Great value for the price!
June 28, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Slow and Steady
This is a nice easy introduction to cursive and easy for my son to do on his own. I've found another book I tried to use very difficult for independent work. This is slow and gradual and even has sentences written in cursive for the student to circle the letter they are learning. Love that you can practice reading it in words as you are learning the letter. Highly recommend.
February 25, 2018
Purchased
5 months ago
Works well
It's working well. I only wish there was a table of contents which told me where each letter was taught.
February 3, 2018
Purchased
6 months ago
My DS looks forward to this everyday!
Great way to teach cursive! Just 1 simple page a day is just enough practice to keep then wanting more.
September 25, 2017
Purchased
10 months ago
Love it! Very easy to use with little parent involvement needed
December 4, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Aptly named
My son has been wanting to learn cursive since before he could really write legibly in print, so he may be more "cheerful" about this than some children, but the tone of the book is very upbeat and pleasant, I think. I really like how the parts of the letter are broken down (into characters assigned to each stroke shape,) and that practice is given not just for writing cursive but for reading it as well, which can be more difficult. The only thing I would change is to have a traditional spiral binding rather than the plastic kind, because it won't lay flat if you want to fold it back on itself (to save desk space during use,) but that is minor. My son (8) says that compared with his old, abandoned cursive book this one explains things better, has more practice so you get better at it, and is more fun because of the "helpers" (stroke characters.)
February 6, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Good
I liked this book a lot, but I did copy the beginning pages down so that they matched the smaller size at the end of the book. I found this size provided a more natural movement for the hand/fingers. Other than that, I loved the actual script and the simpleness feel to the pages.
January 16, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
No more tears
My daughter is really enjoying learning cursive now thanks to the program. Some children might find the little animal friends too babyish, but it's just right for my third grader.
December 16, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Much easier to understand and fun
My son does not like handwriting, his cursive is so much better than printing. He really enjoys this book.
November 9, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love this!
My 6th grader has really struggled to learn cursive but like Happy Handwriting when he has much younger, so when I saw this cursive program by the same folks, I decided to try it. He loves it & is enjoying learning cursive instead of balking every time it's time to work on it.
October 31, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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Why did you choose this?
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Recommended by a friend
Mara B on Jul 7, 2018
A friend recommended this. It teaches both how to write AND how to read cursive.
Jenny H on Jun 1, 2018
Recommended by a friend
Mara B on Jul 7, 2018
Recommended by a homeschool mom for my daughter's cursive practice this summer.
Elizabeth T on Jun 23, 2018
A friend recommended this. It teaches both how to write AND how to read cursive.
Jenny H on Jun 1, 2018
The reviews led me to purchase this cursive book for my 2nd grader.
Bethany N on Mar 11, 2018
I've used this program previously with my daughter. It was simple to teach and learn. Given the success we had I've decided to go through it with my son
Amanda F on Feb 19, 2018
homeschool
Jennifer C on Feb 9, 2018
My grandkids do not learn cursive in school. I want them to know it.
Jill W on Jan 16, 2018
I need an open and go cursive book. this one also goes over the different styles so the student can learn to read different kinds.
Kristina D on Jan 4, 2018
Friend's recommendation.
Bethany M on Nov 4, 2017
I really liked this years ago when teaching my older children. It was easy and light hearted with large writing spaces so children weren't intimidated by learning cursive.
Jozlyn S on Sep 25, 2017
I chose this as I bought my son's curriculum used and the teachers manual says that this is needed...Oh and quite a few reviews I have read said that they really enjoyed this as well.
Teresa K on Sep 25, 2017
we liked it with my daughter and am now buying it for my son
Kim W on Sep 20, 2017
Easy independent approach to cursive - no prep work for mom. Both my kids (boy and girl) have enjoyed using this.
Tisha F on Sep 17, 2017
4th grader needs a gentle appoach to continuing with cursive.
Julie T on Sep 12, 2017
Our curriculum recommended it.
User on Sep 5, 2017
This is a recommended part of our curriculum for our HS and we have heard so many great things about it
C R on Aug 25, 2017
Had great success with this writing course for my now 14 year old son...So it was a no brainer to be the course that we use for my 9 year old daughter.
Steve M on Aug 23, 2017
My 8 year old is eager to learn cursive and this program gets rave reviews. I have used A Reason for Handwriting in the past and didn't particularly like the transition from manuscript to cursive.
Carrie D on Jul 6, 2017
This will be the third time I've purchased this for my children. It has been the favorite resource I've found for teaching cursive. It was originally recommended to me by a friend.
Tiffany U on Jun 26, 2017
loved happy handwriting
Druanna K on Jun 15, 2017
Recommended by fellow parents.
Jennifer E on Jun 6, 2017
need to work on cursive with my dyslexic/dysgraphic student
Chantelle G on May 24, 2017
Heart of Dakota curriculum
Sue Ann P on May 18, 2017
My older son used this and we really liked it. Although a few of the capital letters were not taught the way I learned them, I just showed him the alternatives. He much prefers writing in cursive. I purchased another copy for my younger son for when he's ready.
User on Feb 18, 2017
I am excited to teach my eight and nine year old cursive handwriting and I am hoping this will capture their imagination and make the process fun instead of work!
Kelli B on Feb 17, 2017
I read a review on it on a homeschool blog. This looks easier than the others.
Tracy H on Jan 31, 2017
suggestion from friend
Kevin D on Jan 18, 2017
Simple layout and fantastically encouraging to see day by day understanding of cursive in young learners.
Katie L on Nov 28, 2016
We were recommended this from a fellow homeschool mama and our oldest daughter loved looking at her friend's.
Tiffany L on Oct 25, 2016
I used this program previously with older children. It is excellent. Easy to follow and inexpensive. Now using it again with younger two children.
Lisa F on Oct 22, 2016
This is our second Cheerful Cursive purchase. My older son loved it because it made learning cursive fun. He learned well and has beautiful penmanship (when he wants to ;-). It was also easy on this homeschool mom. Now son #2 is excited to learn cursive and I'm confident it will be another great experience!
Rebecca G on Sep 29, 2016
For my 2nd grader - we have used this for years with other kids.
Amy S on Aug 25, 2016
It was recommended by Heart of Dakota.
Michelle M on Aug 13, 2016
recommended
Rachel S on Aug 12, 2016
my second grade son is working on handwriting and is finally up to cursive in our home schooling.
Clifford F on Jul 14, 2016
It was recommended to me byy a homeschool mom...
Debra S on Jul 7, 2016
This looks like a straightforward writing program. Simple, but effective.
Sara F on Apr 19, 2016
It was recommended by a fellow homeschooler. We have completed one cursive curriculum and wanted more.
Eric L on Mar 9, 2016
I ordered some Heart of Dakota homeschool curriculum and they recommended this. My 3rd grade daughter loves it! She did 15 pages in the first afternoon she had it.
Kristina G on Feb 19, 2016
i read some really good reviews
Apryl F on Feb 14, 2016
My oldest child used this book and it is a fantastic blend of instruction in cursive and practice. Now the next two are going to be using it.
Stephanie H on Feb 14, 2016
Recommended by another user - my son loves it!
Emily F on Feb 2, 2016
This is the best cursive program I have found and have used it for 3 children so far.
Julie Y on Jan 10, 2016
It was cheap and matched the style of cursive we're currently using.
Rebecca C on Nov 14, 2015
It was recommended by other parents in a Facebook group.
Bridget P on Oct 21, 2015
A friend recommended
Elizabeth M on Sep 30, 2015
Recommended by a homeschool mom for my daughter's cursive practice this summer.
Elizabeth T on Jun 23, 2018
The reviews led me to purchase this cursive book for my 2nd grader.
Bethany N on Mar 11, 2018
Which style of cursive is taught in this book. How is uppercase 'A' written in cursive in the book? Does uppercase cursive 'A' looks just like lowercase 'a' but bigger ?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Capital A and the lowercase a look the same except for size. The top of the cursive a comes to more of a point rather than being rounded. Modern Cursive (D'Nealian} is the closest in style. There are a couple letters (capital T and F) that are slightly different. They carry the stroke through the "stem" of the capital letter. Also they give two options for the capital letter Q.
Which style of cursive is taught in this book. How is uppercase 'A' written in cursive in the book? Does uppercase cursive 'A' looks just like lowercase 'a' but bigger ?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the capital "A" looks like a bigger, lowercase "a", but they do include a chart showing other variations so students will be familiar with them when reading cursive. It's a fairly simple style overall, without lots of little loops. For example, capital "X" looks like a backwards, tilted back "S" with a line across it, rather than the number 96, as it does in a style with loops. Hope that helps!
What cursive style does this workbook teach?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is considered a traditional style. The capital Q is O-shaped and shares other characteristics with a traditional program - slope, letter strokes, general appearance, etc.
can I duplicate pages for multiple students?
sheila b on Sep 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. The copyright page in the book I have states "All purchasers may reproduce the workbook pages labeled 'reproduction restricted' for their immediate family only (not the general public/friends)." It also states "Public/private schools which charge tuition/receive funds may not reproduce any part of this workbook." Any page that your child would use to practice their writing is labeled 'reproduction restricted' allowing you to copy it for more than one homeschool student.
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    Category Description for Traditional Style Handwriting Programs - Multi-Grade

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    Customer Reviews

    4.7 / 5.0
    14 Reviews
    5 Stars
    4 Stars
    3 Stars
    2 Stars
    1 Star
    10
    4
    0
    0
    0
    My daughter loves it
    I'm using this with my 10yo, 4th grade daughter. She learned D'nealian first, and this is perfect! She's able to do this independently, and her cursive is really progressing nicely! I enjoy how the lessons are a bit varied, but predictable, and how they incorporate so many skills into a penmanship program! Great value for the price!
    June 28, 2018
    Purchased
    5 months ago
    Slow and Steady
    This is a nice easy introduction to cursive and easy for my son to do on his own. I've found another book I tried to use very difficult for independent work. This is slow and gradual and even has sentences written in cursive for the student to circle the letter they are learning. Love that you can practice reading it in words as you are learning the letter. Highly recommend.
    February 25, 2018
    Purchased
    5 months ago
    Works well
    It's working well. I only wish there was a table of contents which told me where each letter was taught.
    February 3, 2018
    Purchased
    6 months ago
    My DS looks forward to this everyday!
    Great way to teach cursive! Just 1 simple page a day is just enough practice to keep then wanting more.
    September 25, 2017
    Purchased
    10 months ago
    Love it! Very easy to use with little parent involvement needed
    December 4, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    Aptly named
    My son has been wanting to learn cursive since before he could really write legibly in print, so he may be more "cheerful" about this than some children, but the tone of the book is very upbeat and pleasant, I think. I really like how the parts of the letter are broken down (into characters assigned to each stroke shape,) and that practice is given not just for writing cursive but for reading it as well, which can be more difficult. The only thing I would change is to have a traditional spiral binding rather than the plastic kind, because it won't lay flat if you want to fold it back on itself (to save desk space during use,) but that is minor. My son (8) says that compared with his old, abandoned cursive book this one explains things better, has more practice so you get better at it, and is more fun because of the "helpers" (stroke characters.)
    February 6, 2016
    Purchased
    over 3 years ago
    Good
    I liked this book a lot, but I did copy the beginning pages down so that they matched the smaller size at the end of the book. I found this size provided a more natural movement for the hand/fingers. Other than that, I loved the actual script and the simpleness feel to the pages.
    January 16, 2016
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    No more tears
    My daughter is really enjoying learning cursive now thanks to the program. Some children might find the little animal friends too babyish, but it's just right for my third grader.
    December 16, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Much easier to understand and fun
    My son does not like handwriting, his cursive is so much better than printing. He really enjoys this book.
    November 9, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
    Love this!
    My 6th grader has really struggled to learn cursive but like Happy Handwriting when he has much younger, so when I saw this cursive program by the same folks, I decided to try it. He loves it & is enjoying learning cursive instead of balking every time it's time to work on it.
    October 31, 2015
    Purchased
    over 2 years ago
  • Q & A
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    Why did you choose this?
    Rainbow Resource Center Store
    Recommended by a friend
    Mara B on Jul 7, 2018
    A friend recommended this. It teaches both how to write AND how to read cursive.
    Jenny H on Jun 1, 2018
    Recommended by a friend
    Mara B on Jul 7, 2018
    Recommended by a homeschool mom for my daughter's cursive practice this summer.
    Elizabeth T on Jun 23, 2018
    A friend recommended this. It teaches both how to write AND how to read cursive.
    Jenny H on Jun 1, 2018
    The reviews led me to purchase this cursive book for my 2nd grader.
    Bethany N on Mar 11, 2018
    I've used this program previously with my daughter. It was simple to teach and learn. Given the success we had I've decided to go through it with my son
    Amanda F on Feb 19, 2018
    homeschool
    Jennifer C on Feb 9, 2018
    My grandkids do not learn cursive in school. I want them to know it.
    Jill W on Jan 16, 2018
    I need an open and go cursive book. this one also goes over the different styles so the student can learn to read different kinds.
    Kristina D on Jan 4, 2018
    Friend's recommendation.
    Bethany M on Nov 4, 2017
    I really liked this years ago when teaching my older children. It was easy and light hearted with large writing spaces so children weren't intimidated by learning cursive.
    Jozlyn S on Sep 25, 2017
    I chose this as I bought my son's curriculum used and the teachers manual says that this is needed...Oh and quite a few reviews I have read said that they really enjoyed this as well.
    Teresa K on Sep 25, 2017
    we liked it with my daughter and am now buying it for my son
    Kim W on Sep 20, 2017
    Easy independent approach to cursive - no prep work for mom. Both my kids (boy and girl) have enjoyed using this.
    Tisha F on Sep 17, 2017
    4th grader needs a gentle appoach to continuing with cursive.
    Julie T on Sep 12, 2017
    Our curriculum recommended it.
    User on Sep 5, 2017
    This is a recommended part of our curriculum for our HS and we have heard so many great things about it
    C R on Aug 25, 2017
    Had great success with this writing course for my now 14 year old son...So it was a no brainer to be the course that we use for my 9 year old daughter.
    Steve M on Aug 23, 2017
    My 8 year old is eager to learn cursive and this program gets rave reviews. I have used A Reason for Handwriting in the past and didn't particularly like the transition from manuscript to cursive.
    Carrie D on Jul 6, 2017
    This will be the third time I've purchased this for my children. It has been the favorite resource I've found for teaching cursive. It was originally recommended to me by a friend.
    Tiffany U on Jun 26, 2017
    loved happy handwriting
    Druanna K on Jun 15, 2017
    Recommended by fellow parents.
    Jennifer E on Jun 6, 2017
    need to work on cursive with my dyslexic/dysgraphic student
    Chantelle G on May 24, 2017
    Heart of Dakota curriculum
    Sue Ann P on May 18, 2017
    My older son used this and we really liked it. Although a few of the capital letters were not taught the way I learned them, I just showed him the alternatives. He much prefers writing in cursive. I purchased another copy for my younger son for when he's ready.
    User on Feb 18, 2017
    I am excited to teach my eight and nine year old cursive handwriting and I am hoping this will capture their imagination and make the process fun instead of work!
    Kelli B on Feb 17, 2017
    I read a review on it on a homeschool blog. This looks easier than the others.
    Tracy H on Jan 31, 2017
    suggestion from friend
    Kevin D on Jan 18, 2017
    Simple layout and fantastically encouraging to see day by day understanding of cursive in young learners.
    Katie L on Nov 28, 2016
    We were recommended this from a fellow homeschool mama and our oldest daughter loved looking at her friend's.
    Tiffany L on Oct 25, 2016
    I used this program previously with older children. It is excellent. Easy to follow and inexpensive. Now using it again with younger two children.
    Lisa F on Oct 22, 2016
    This is our second Cheerful Cursive purchase. My older son loved it because it made learning cursive fun. He learned well and has beautiful penmanship (when he wants to ;-). It was also easy on this homeschool mom. Now son #2 is excited to learn cursive and I'm confident it will be another great experience!
    Rebecca G on Sep 29, 2016
    For my 2nd grader - we have used this for years with other kids.
    Amy S on Aug 25, 2016
    It was recommended by Heart of Dakota.
    Michelle M on Aug 13, 2016
    recommended
    Rachel S on Aug 12, 2016
    my second grade son is working on handwriting and is finally up to cursive in our home schooling.
    Clifford F on Jul 14, 2016
    It was recommended to me byy a homeschool mom...
    Debra S on Jul 7, 2016
    This looks like a straightforward writing program. Simple, but effective.
    Sara F on Apr 19, 2016
    It was recommended by a fellow homeschooler. We have completed one cursive curriculum and wanted more.
    Eric L on Mar 9, 2016
    I ordered some Heart of Dakota homeschool curriculum and they recommended this. My 3rd grade daughter loves it! She did 15 pages in the first afternoon she had it.
    Kristina G on Feb 19, 2016
    i read some really good reviews
    Apryl F on Feb 14, 2016
    My oldest child used this book and it is a fantastic blend of instruction in cursive and practice. Now the next two are going to be using it.
    Stephanie H on Feb 14, 2016
    Recommended by another user - my son loves it!
    Emily F on Feb 2, 2016
    This is the best cursive program I have found and have used it for 3 children so far.
    Julie Y on Jan 10, 2016
    It was cheap and matched the style of cursive we're currently using.
    Rebecca C on Nov 14, 2015
    It was recommended by other parents in a Facebook group.
    Bridget P on Oct 21, 2015
    A friend recommended
    Elizabeth M on Sep 30, 2015
    Recommended by a homeschool mom for my daughter's cursive practice this summer.
    Elizabeth T on Jun 23, 2018
    The reviews led me to purchase this cursive book for my 2nd grader.
    Bethany N on Mar 11, 2018
    Which style of cursive is taught in this book. How is uppercase 'A' written in cursive in the book? Does uppercase cursive 'A' looks just like lowercase 'a' but bigger ?
    A shopper on Mar 2, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The Capital A and the lowercase a look the same except for size. The top of the cursive a comes to more of a point rather than being rounded. Modern Cursive (D'Nealian} is the closest in style. There are a couple letters (capital T and F) that are slightly different. They carry the stroke through the "stem" of the capital letter. Also they give two options for the capital letter Q.
    Which style of cursive is taught in this book. How is uppercase 'A' written in cursive in the book? Does uppercase cursive 'A' looks just like lowercase 'a' but bigger ?
    A shopper on Mar 2, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, the capital "A" looks like a bigger, lowercase "a", but they do include a chart showing other variations so students will be familiar with them when reading cursive. It's a fairly simple style overall, without lots of little loops. For example, capital "X" looks like a backwards, tilted back "S" with a line across it, rather than the number 96, as it does in a style with loops. Hope that helps!
    What cursive style does this workbook teach?
    A shopper on Feb 8, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: This is considered a traditional style. The capital Q is O-shaped and shares other characteristics with a traditional program - slope, letter strokes, general appearance, etc.
    can I duplicate pages for multiple students?
    sheila b on Sep 23, 2015
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. The copyright page in the book I have states "All purchasers may reproduce the workbook pages labeled 'reproduction restricted' for their immediate family only (not the general public/friends)." It also states "Public/private schools which charge tuition/receive funds may not reproduce any part of this workbook." Any page that your child would use to practice their writing is labeled 'reproduction restricted' allowing you to copy it for more than one homeschool student.
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