Italic Handwriting Book A 4th Edition

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Item #: 005671
ISBN: 9780982776230
Grade: K

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Publisher: Getty-Dubay Productions

Category Description for Italic Handwriting (Getty-Dubay)

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Produces a nice handwriting, we do one page a day as a f/up to book A. So my kindergartner has completed both A & B. This book does a lower case letter, then capital. I like that it has a couple of lines to just write the letter, then a sentence, this keeps it from getting too repetitious. Each page takes about 10 minutes to complete- just perfect in my opinion for handwriting
March 10, 2018
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Love the simplicity and aesthetic
I looked at a lot of handwriting scripts (and tried a few with my children) before settling on Getty-Dubay. It is simple, aesthetically pleasing, and the cursive version is much simpler than most cursive scripts. I'm familiar with books A, B and C (neither of my children have advanced to D yet, but one is close). I don't have the instruction manual, but don't feel the need for one as each lesson page is pretty self explanatory. I like that Book A is arranged by letter family (so i, j and l are first) and that the lowercase is introduced first. My kindergartner tends to write in all caps and this program has helped him use more lowercase letters. (Book B is arranged alphabetically, which I think is good for older students or those who've completed this book and are ready to move on).

I highly recommend purchasing the Blackline Masters CD for extra practice. The half sheets it contains reinforce the basic lesson with letter repetition rather than whole words).
April 24, 2016
We have been using "Italic" for the past several years and could not be more pleased with this product At the time I chose this series my son was in 2nd grade and really struggling with letter formation There was very little consistency in his letter size and formation and very little carry over from the program we were using I was dreading teaching him cursive because I knew he would feel as though he were learning a completely new alphabet when he didn't even have print mastered I decided to try the Italic program because of the consistent letter formation from print to cursive The transformation was amazing The books were very easy to use and the instruction was (and still is) embedded within the student's book I had my son do about 6 lines everyday and had him go back over his work each day to encourage him to grade his own writing He picked the best letter or word from each line and placed a star over it In the early days I would also occasionally have him pick the worst letter erase it and redo it The books give more than adequate practice in each letter without becoming boring or monotonous I now have 3 sons working through these books and have consistently seen results that are wonderful They all have beautiful elegant handwriting that always elicits comments from those who see it The handwriting style taught in these books goes beyond producing legible writers; it produces writers that have a lovely appealing style Though I consider nice handwriting invaluable the fact that this series is very inexpensive is a great plus (Especially for families with multiple children) It is even less expensive than the program I was using that was definitely not working Though there is a teacher's manual available I did not purchase it so I cannot speak to its effectiveness Our results have been sparkling with using only the student books Some critics of this program cite the fact that if a child does not write standard loopy cursive that reading it will be difficult I have addressed this issue by regularly having our sons dictate journal entries which I write into their journals with my standard loopy cursive They then read them out-loud back to me We have had great success using this method The website for Portland also offers assistance with this by having a section showing all the popular handwriting styles side by side with Italics It is easy to print off and place in your child's notebook should they need a quick referenceOverall I give this program an A+++ for value results and ease of use Often a person's first impression of us comes from our handwriting and I feel confident is saying that Italics will not disappoint
June 4, 2007
This is the best handwriting curriculum on the market! My son was having fine motor trouble and this was a lot easier than any other program for him to use! When we began this program his handwriting was terrible! Now he has readable handwriting!! There is no teacher prep and the teacher's book is optional in my opinion I do have it but don't use it A great value for the price!!
May 1, 2007
This is the only handwriting curriculum we have used My girls are 6 & 7 and have completed books A and B thus far There is virtually no prep work on my part The girls are even encouraged (by the curriculum) to check/critique their OWN work once they complete the 'lesson' We chose this style because the transition to cursive is minimal and it is very legible I do have the Instructors manual that accompanies this series Other than tips on correct posture pencil grip and paper position I haven't used it much My 6yo child is a perfectionist and she LOVES these workbooks My 7yo is not a fan of anything that requires effort (to put it lovingly) but her writing is very nice regardless I expected to move through these books at 1 per year but we completed books A and B in 5 months I bought the blackline masters for both books but have found that copy work is a more effective and fun way to practice I have had my girls doing copy work for several months to refine their skill and we are already ready for book C I am very pleased with this curriculum and will continue to progress through it!
April 26, 2007
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We love this handwriting curricula
Christina G on Aug 18, 2019
I write cursive-italic, and this was recommended as a good series.
Annie D on Apr 20, 2019
We love this handwriting curricula
Christina G on Aug 18, 2019
My older children used this course in their school and they have lovely handwriting. I plan to teach my 4 year old slowly with this.
Kathryn M on Jun 15, 2019
I write cursive-italic, and this was recommended as a good series.
Annie D on Apr 20, 2019
My boy is struggling with penmanship (1st grade). I am looking for options since my oldest have poor penmanship using the current standards (6th and 8th grade). Trying to fix the problem with my youngest before it comes.
JESSICA J on Mar 2, 2019
To improve handwriting and transition into cursive
Deana D on Jan 11, 2019
handwriting for homeschool
Richard C on Nov 1, 2018
I grew up using these books and they were hugely influential in my developing good handwriting. Highly recommend.
Hannah H on Oct 25, 2018
We are using Handwriting Without Tears for Kindergarten, which is going well. However, we will need something to fill the Summer gap, and before my child is ready for the first grade book.My son needs arrows to remind him to begin above writing letters, and go down, not vice versa. This looks to do that.
User on Oct 12, 2018
This was recommended as a great curriculum. Feedback from one of your customers: a family member, a homeschooling mother, and also your customer for many years.
Susana Z on Sep 3, 2018
I took this series as a child through my young adult years. It produces beautiful handwriting in a straight forward format.
Hannah R on Aug 14, 2018
Used the italics books growing up, now I want my daughter to learn beautiful legible handwriting without unnecessary difficulties when transitioning between print and cursive
Jasmine R on Aug 9, 2018
We have really enjoyed Level A. A good method and pages that bend back easily -- which is helpful for either a left or right handed writer to maintain correct positioning.
Howard C on Jul 31, 2018
A friend recommended this program
Andrea J on Jul 21, 2018
This is my fifth child to use this program. It has resulted in beautiful penmanship when they complete the series. Penmanship is not dead-and yes, necessary in today's world.
Alicia C on Apr 14, 2018
I picked this series in order to do some remedial handwriting work with all my children. Rainbow has the best price! :)
Lindsey A on Feb 22, 2018
I don't like the font of other handwriting books so we are trying italics
Jennifer D on Nov 15, 2017
Our two homeschoolers are already exploring this.
Ricardo C on Sep 21, 2017
I learned handwriting through Getty Dubay as a child and now use it for all my children.
Elizabeth W on Sep 4, 2017
Getty and Dubay Italic has made my 4 oldest children beautiful writers. Starting #5 on this program just makes sense.
Kathryn S on Aug 28, 2017
I used it when I was home schooled 20 years ago and loved it!
Meryl K on Aug 21, 2017
Looks like the best choice for my first grader this year. I have used the same program with her older sisters and still have the teacher helps.
Elise E on Aug 1, 2017
I used Italic Handwriting for my older sons, and my youngest is now starting on it.
Christine S on Jun 30, 2017
I want my child's print to be very legible. I used this program to teach myself how to have more legible print as an adult when I worked in a career where I needed to write treatment notes.
Meredith B on Jun 20, 2017
My son is starting kindergarten. It is the best handwriting curriculum I have found.
Jennifer C on Apr 21, 2017
I have wanted to teach Getty-Dubay italic handwriting to my special needs students for quite some time.
Claire R on Mar 2, 2017
I have heard from several sources this is a great curriculum for dyslexic students.
Michelle W on Sep 24, 2016
My son has Dysgraphia and I thought this would be a good book to learn handwriting.
Amy J on Aug 22, 2016
Recommended by Carole Joy Seid.
Rebecca G on Aug 12, 2016
I have used this workbook with 2 of my other kids and have been pleased with how they've enjoyed their lessons. Working ahead was always a welcomed problem. I'm going to use it for my next kindergartner.
Amanda D on Aug 8, 2016
easy handwriting technique for my son
Theresa C on Aug 5, 2016
wanted to get away from loopey cursive.
Rachel A on Jul 27, 2016
Saw great reviews and want my boys to transition easily to cursive.
Sara W on Jul 26, 2016
I actually chose Getty-Dubay because the italic style is very similar to my natural writing. Since I spent three years writing in print followed by three years of required cursive, I figure my resulting handwriting is probably a fairly efficient hybrid. Though I don't like that each page has a word at the bottom that might include letters the kids haven't learned yet, I work around that by using the words for practice after all the letters have been learned.
Shereen V on Jun 8, 2016
Trying it with third son to see if it works well with him. I have previously used Zaner-Bloser.
Sariah D on Dec 10, 2015
Time to start my DD off right.
Matthew S on Sep 28, 2015
My older children used this course in their school and they have lovely handwriting. I plan to teach my 4 year old slowly with this.
Kathryn M on Jun 15, 2019
My boy is struggling with penmanship (1st grade). I am looking for options since my oldest have poor penmanship using the current standards (6th and 8th grade). Trying to fix the problem with my youngest before it comes.
JESSICA J on Mar 2, 2019
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