Italic Handwriting Book D Grade 3
Energizing writing practice for basic italic and cursive italic includes capitalization, vowel and consonant sounds, prefixes, suffixes, phonograms, homophones, tongue twisters, and six poem forms. Cursive capitals are introduced with historical development of each letter.
Long-time Customer Favorite
The Italic Handwriting Series was the first, and for more than 12 years was 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.
Authors: Barbara Getty & Inga Dubay
Number of Pages: 88
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
My daughter has been able to work through this book on her own. It is fun to watch her incorporate aspects of cursive into her everyday writing as she is learning them.
I was intrigued by the simplicity of this cursive method, and I'm glad we tried it. It definitely looks different than what my 8 year old daughter's friends are learning in public and private school since it has less loops and fancy letters. It's actually how I write as an adult - a blend of cursive and print, dropping the fancy loops as it took more time and felt unnecessary. She loves the way it looks and now prefers to write in cursive over print!
My older 2 children were only taught to write their first name in cursive and I find that it is very important for kids to learn this! My son seems to enjoy it so far as he likes to do things the other kids have not. He enjoys learning new ways of writing and we are just starting so I cant wait to see what he gets done.
We'd started with another program with my son and automatically used it for my daughter. What worked for him (and I still love and use for my other boys) wasn't motivating my daughter who appreciates aesthetics. My cousin who was taught Getty-Dubay in public school in the 80s has lovely handwriting, so I bought Getty-Dubay Italics for my daughter. From the start, her handwriting improved because she took her time and enjoyed how pretty it is becoming. The workbook pages are pretty full, with many lines to complete but I only have her do one page per day with her best efforts. We sped through the first book, since she knew how to write already but we went back to the beginning to form letters the italics way. Now she is in the grade level book, and her italic cursive is really nice.
We have used Italic Handwriting for years (17 and counting) on Timberdoodle's initial recommendation. People have always commented on how neat our children's handwriting is. It is very legible and moves into calligraphy easily with a chiseled marker. My older children complained a little that their friends and relatives were writing a different way so, after they were proficient at italic cursive, we went over conventional cursive and I told them they were free to adjust their handwriting if they liked. I have liked the results of Italic Handwriting and we are continuing to use it with the rest of our 11 children. A benefit to teaching it is that I have improved at calligraphy myself.