A Reason for Writing D - Grade 4
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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 the Gospels.
Author: Carol Ann Retzer, Eva Hoshino
Publisher: The Concerned Group
My daughter enjoys being able to do cursive independently. Encourages learning memory verse, we have fun talking about verses.
This curriculum is simple to use and fun. The student is able to do it almost completely independently and it makes learning penmanship a breeze. My kids love to give away the 5th day lesson page after they have completed it and colored it. For my little artist, that is what she looks forward to each week. Even my child who hates to write, does not complain when it's time to do his handwriting.
My 4th grader enjoys coloring each "final week's assignment" sheet and decided how she will gift it to a family member or someone that is sick. She careful colors the sheet and then just as carefully artistically completes the handwriting assignment. It has helped slow her down to focus on the correct letter formation.
This handwriting curriculum is great if you want to practice with those who already write there cursive letters and words well. I would not recommend it if you are still teaching the technique of cursive handwriting. Every lesson is broke down into 4 days.You work on a letter and than different words with that letter in it. Overall this was a good curriculum.
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.