Pictures in Cursive Book A
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When we started getting emphatic customer requests for this program we wondered what all the fuss could be about. After all, writing practice IS what it is. Well, now I know! This series is different because itís beautiful! I donít mean clever and colorful graphics, I mean beauty as in full-color fine art prints. Wonderful, expressive, thought-provoking art masterpieces. There are 60 lessons in each book; five associated with each of the 12 art prints. The cursive handwriting practice starts with letters and words (primer); then phrases (books A & B); then sentences (books C-F) each relating to some particular aspect of the painting represented. Each book begins with a Zaner-Bloser cursive handwriting chart. The Primer is a teaching book before it starts the picture-word practice that is common with the rest of the books. Upper and lowercase letters are presented one at a time; then letter combinations; and then the student is ready to start words relating to the pictures (only 8 pictures in this book). What a delightful way to learn and practice cursive handwriting. Janice
This is a beautiful and painless way to work on your child's handwriting. Handwriting was becoming tedious and arduous using conventional workbooks--the lengthy pages were discouraging for my second grade daughter and I was not seeing any improvement. For third grade I decided to try something different and came across this program. Copying only one sentence a day, her handwriting has improved more in these first months of school than all of last year. She also loves the beautiful artwork, and has been inspired to begin drawing and painting on her own. This program is a little more expensive than most handwriting programs so we are copying the work on separate pages so that my son will be able to use the books too. This is truly a 'handwriting without tears', in fact, it produces smiles, appreciation for art and beautiful handwriting.
I was responsible for some of those "emphatic customer requests" for these copywork books, so it only seems fair that I should add a review of the materials. I had a daughter who was very resistant to handwriting practice of any kind--mostly because she has strong perfectionist tendencies and was so upset by every imperfect letter she just couldn't go on. I eventually gave up on print, feeling we needed to move away from past frustrations, and began looking for materials to teach cursive. I came across the "Pictures in Cursive" series and was instantly charmed. The reproduced paintings are absolutely beautiful, and they are combined with copywork sentences that draw the child's attention to details of the artwork they might not otherwise notice. For my highly visual daughter, the combination was magical--she was intrigued enough by the paintings that she happily copied the sentences without stressing about perfect letter formation. These are by far the most elegant handwriting books I have ever seen. As noted, the first book is a primer in cursive letter formation. Each letter is taught separately and also connected to other letters in words. Some students may need more practice in individual letter formation than that provided in this one book. My daughter was OK with moving directly on the the next book, but we did tear out the page from the primer book that showed the formation of all the letters for her to use as a "cheat sheet" if she needed to be reminded of how to form a letter later on. I think these books will work best for children who have a strong visual orientation. They are also a wonderful resource for any parent who wants to include picture study in their children's education but has trouble carving out that extra time. You may find the books hard to throw away when they have served their handwriting purposes. Use them for family picture study, frame a page and hang it on the wall, use it to inspire your family's artistic endeavors--or just save the copywork book as a lovely addition to your child's homeschool portfolio.
We have really loved Sandi Queen's Pictures in Cursive for our handwriting. We love the beautiful artwork, ease of use, and simple but meaningful work. Handwriting with Pictures in Cursive really is gentle program. My girls never felt overwhelmed by their assignments. The beautiful artwork really inspired my daughters. They loved looking at the pictures and doing their handwriting. In Book A they needed very little guidance from me. Our daily writing only takes about 10 minutes a day. The books are a little expensive but we have really have enjoyed them...enough so that we have used all of Sandi Queen's Pictures in Cursive books. The artwork that they are exposed to in their daily writing has inspired some trips to local museums and our library.