A Reason for Writing - Transition
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.
This book should replace either book B or C. There are extra exercises for both manuscript and cursive. If your second-grader is ready for cursive, then you should use this book and follow it with book C. If your third-grader needs more work on manuscript before tackling cursive, use this book, and then follow with book D. Scripture verses are taken from the Gospels and New Testament Epistles.
Author: Carol Ann Retzer, Eva Hoshino
Publisher: The Concerned Group
We used this for handwriting and Bible. We spent the week memorizing and discussing the Bible verse for that week, and she got to practice her handwriting too! My daughter did complain about the repetitive nature of the handwriting practice and didn't want to finish all of the lines. That got a little better when cursive was introduced, but at the end of the year, she could only write in cursive. Little did I know that she still can't read it! I do wish they would practice words from that week's Bible verse all week though instead of random words.
My first grader expressed interest in learning cursive as she realized she can’t read cursive:)
The book has two parts, regular writing and cursive. We jumped straight to cursive and have fun working on pages together. We do just 10 minutes a day. In the beginning it was pretty challenging for her, but now that we are a few weeks I to it I can really see her getting so good at the writing.
My kids are actually enjoying penmanship with this book!
The first section of the book is practicing printing to allow students a chance to review or solidify their printing skills before introducing cursive which was perfect for my kids. I love how the lessons are realistic for young hands in length making tasks achievable and allowing for kids to build on success. The use of bible verses for practice as the book progresses is also a positive for us but would need consideration for secular home schoolers.
I like doing this book instead of B or C. It depends on if my child is ready for cursive.
My daughter needs more practice with her penmanship, and I still believe in kids learning cursive; they may never use it, but it is part of developing those fine motor skills. I actually wound up in a career that absolutely relied on me being able to write in cursive! Now that I'm a stay at home mom, I'm glad to see curriculum like this. I also appreciate the biblical subject matter.