A Reason for Writing F - Grade 6
Handwriting, especially in this era of word processors, is a fairly low priority compared to other subjects. However, if you are going to make handwriting a part of your curriculum, here is something to think about. For over a dozen years we sold and used another handwriting program. The end result for us was less than stellar, even if the children's handwriting had duplicated what was pictured in the exercise books, as I would question the time spent on copying meaningless sentences. Because we know that handwriting is a learned motor skill requiring regular practice, doesn't it seem that if your child is going to labor over something with his mind and hands, he should also engage his heart? A Reason for Writing does all three.
Includes scripture border sheets
With each 10- to 15-minute daily lesson built around Bible verses, content is not only instructional, but also inspirational. Plus, at the end of each week your children will be given the opportunity to apply excellence to their work as they copy their verse-of-the-week onto their choice of "Scripture Border Sheets." Done with care, these completed sheets are worthy of sharing with friends and family.
Living Bible Paraphrase
A Reason for Writing uses a Living Bible paraphrase for its verses. For those dyed-in-the-wool KJV-only families, let me suggest that even this Scriptural rendition is better for your child to toil over than the trivial sentence about the environment, common in other handwriting programs. Each workbook is full color.
Verses taken from Proverbs.
Author: Carol Ann Retzer, Eva Hoshino
Publisher: The Concerned Group
Well put together. Really like the sheets in the back that allow your creative child to pick a sheet to go with their work. They could make it a piece of art if they choose.
I agree that A Reason for Writing would not be enough remedial instruction for a struggling student, but the Christian content and the digestible, repetitious, nature of the simple program has its merits. I use this with another support program for my struggling student, but it is quite sufficient for my typical students.
Excellent handwriting program! Each child works on memorizing and writing out one verse each week. The handwriting practice is divided by four days. By the end of the week the student should be able to write out the verse in its entirety. I like this program because my son can work on it on his own and it is not overwhelming.
We started using this from the very beginning. It is so straightforward in teaching printing and then transitioning to cursive, that my children wanted to do more than the necessary amount for the day. I love the Bible verses it reinforces and the kids love the illustrated characters that show up throughout the books.
I trusted Karen Andreola's review of Getty-Dubay Italic in the CBD catalog, but when my 8th and 6th graders still couldn't READ cursive, and couldn't read their own italic, I knew something was lacking. Because I've never been dissatisfied with a recommendation from Timberdoodle, I took their advice and switched to A Reason... Within a week both were dramatically improved. I've used this for three years now with my seven children. (It should be noted in the catalog that the Transition book contains all of the exercises/material found in Book B)