Italic Handwriting Book A Kindergarten
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 offer 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.
Author: Barbara Getty & Inga Dubay
Number of pages: 72
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
I bought this for my four year old but have no plans on starting him on it yet; the book, however, looks great in terms of practicing writing that's more script and less block. My son is resistant to writing letters so I'm putting this on the shelf until next year. I like the simplicity of the book and the way the letters are presented are great for a right-handed child who knows the basic concepts of pencil control. I am a leftie and would have had some issues with the 'natural slant' presented in the book, so in my opinion Timberdoodle Parents: if you have a left-handed child, find a left-handers approach to writing instead of a one-size-fits-all book.
My daughter really enjoys this book. We plan to continue to use this series.
We like this series of book. It is great as it has the starting "dots" so he knows where to start each letter. Will definitely continue this series
We used this book with my daughter for her kindergarten year. I imagine that most kids are not thrilled to practice handwriting, but the opportunity to color the picture on the page was quite motivating for my daughter. I like that the letters are introduced with simply a dot and a line at this stage, rather than with the three lines that are introduced later. I also like the approach of self-checking. My daughter enjoyed deciding on and circling which letter she had written best. As the year went on, she made a game of it: Writing one letter very carefully and then covering it up, and then asking my opinion on which was the best. When I picked one, she would uncover her hidden letter and point out that it was even better! The ability to judge the details of one's own handwriting seems to me the most important part of building good handwriting skills early on. The Italic method does a great job of emphasizing this.
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.