Italic Handwriting Book B Grade 1
For the beginning reader, Italic Handwriting Book B Grade 1 presents lowercase, capitals, and numerals. With a short word and lively sentence on each page, this book is a lot of fun for the student! Illustrated.
Long-time Customer Favorite
The Italic Handwriting Series was the first, and for more than 12 years, the only handwriting program we carried at Timberdoodle. Known for its beautifully legible appearance and natural flow, Italic Handwriting was a long-time favorite with our customers.
Alternative to Scripture-based Reason for Handwriting
We have since recommended A Reason for Handwriting, realizing that many of us would rather have our children copying Scripture than the meaningless sentences used in some secular handwriting programs. But there are also homeschooling families who either prefer not to use Scripture or have their curriculum funded through a public school system that won't pay for a Scripture-based program. For those families, and families who simply prefer the style and flow of Italic Handwriting, we are happy to reintroduce this series.
We Appreciate Legible Handwriting
We've always been fairly low-key about the need for a handwriting course. Being a mail-order business, we have seen handwriting of every description and realize good or bad handwriting is seemingly no hindrance to success in life. Back in the day when most of our orders actually came by mail, we undeniably appreciated good handwriting, and would comment amongst ourselves when an order form was particularly readable.
Smooth Transition from Printing to Cursive
The Italic Handwriting Series does more than teach fine skills. It resulted in something that was beautifully legible! This is the course we used with our children, and while the results admittedly varied depending on the child, Italic Handwriting was logical because the transition from printing to cursive was exceptionally smooth, and it is easy to write as it conforms to natural hand movements. Each Italic Handwriting book has the basics of how to form each letter and then age-appropriate exercises which students do in the workbook. New students should start the program at grade level.
From the Publisher:
Handwriting: It helps us learn, share ideas, and be creative.
Handwriting today is both a tool for learning and a professional skill. We need a handwriting style that keeps up with the demands of modern life. It needs to be legible and logical, easy to write, and easy to learn.
When it comes to being understood, handwriting still matters.
And yet, as authors Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay write, “American handwriting is in a woeful state. We have become a 'please print' nation. But there is hope. We can stop mumbling on paper and become legible writers. We can go italic.”
Keep the focus on learning.
For early learners, literacy and language development are foundations of readiness, and research suggests that handwriting is a key component. Learning to write letters and form words are powerful first steps toward academic success.
A seamless transition.
With the Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series, kids learn one alphabet — basic italic transitions naturally to cursive. In elementary school, handwriting is an important scaffold for basic literacy skills. For middle school students, fluent handwriting means more language arts success and better preparation for high school.
Author: Barbara Getty & Inga Dubay
Number of Pages: 64
Publisher: Getty-Dubay Productions
Made In: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
Homeschooling Parent Homeschool Friendly Stamp of Approval 2005
Homeschool.com Seal of Approval 2006
The Old Schoolhouse EE Award Winner 2007
Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2012
Our favorite for writing practice, really nice handwriting material!
This is a solid curriculum. Easy to teach and easy to see improvement.
I have seen a marked improvement in my 1st grader's print since starting the Italic Handwriting Book a couple months ago. She completes 1-2 pages per week and while she doesn't love the work, we look at it as a character building moment in perseverance and concentration. I still have to give reminders at the beginning of each session to focus and go slowly through the work, as she'll try to race through it otherwise to get on to another activity. I'm glad we incorporated handwriting into her curriculum, as I really enjoy being able to read her writing now that it's becoming more legible. I do wish that they would have included 2-3 copies of each page for additional practice as needed.
I want my children to enjoy handwriting and eventually know cursive. This is an easy and simple program with beautiful results.
Used for my now adult children, just purchased for my granddaughter who was overwhelmed by cursive. The simplicity of the serifs' and the "holding hands" picture alleviated the tension in just one lesson. Found her later in the day practicing on her own - enough said!