A Reason for Writing - Teacher Guidebook
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. (Note: This feature is not a part of K.)
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.
Author: Carol Ann Retzer, Eva Hoshino
Publisher: The Concerned Group
I tried to do this program without this book with my 1st child but that did not work very well. Thankfully, I bought it and have used it with my other children.
I love that I only have to buy one of these and it can go along with all my different grade levels. Each child has their workbook and I have my guide!
I was hesitant to purchase the teacher's handbook at first. I thought, "seriously, why would I need a teachers handbook for something as simple as handwriting." But then I thought, "Timberdoodle doesn't sell useless material" and I liked the fact that it would carry us through 6th grade. Well, I'm so glad I bought this book! It contains all kinds of teaching hints and ways to help your student "get it." It kinda feels like someone teaching me how to teach my daughter:)
This book is great if you want some guidance on teaching your children handwriting skills. There are simple lesson ideas to help your children along. I like that it includes all grade levels, so you don't have to buy a separate book for each grade. It's been helpful for us. Especially, getting my kindergartner get more excited about writing.
This program was recommended to us and we loved it! My girls were able to learn cursive painlessly. What surprised me most was how much they enjoyed doing the copywork of bible verses. They would always put their best effort into their handwriting, color the pictures on the paper provided, and have it ready for when their Daddy came home from work. It definitely put a smile on his face and some warmth in his heart. What a perfect way to work on having beautiful penmanship!