A Reason for Writing - Kindergarten
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This book focuses on writing individual letters, accompanied by pictures to color, mostly of animals. A perfect fit for the beginning writer!
About the A Reason for Writing Series
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: your child will get to this feature in future grades, but it isn't 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.
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This full-color workbook focuses on one letter per lesson built around a Creation theme. This is the only workbook that does not include verses and border sheets.
Author: Carol Ann Retzer, Eva Hoshino
Publisher: The Concerned Group
This book is simple and to the point. The repetition is key for writing. My son enjoys the drawings he can color himself when he completes the page!
We added this as a supplement because my kindergartner still fights me a bit on the Channie's Handwriting that comes in the curriculum kit. I wouldn't necessarily say its thorough enough to be the only handwriting to do(depending on your teaching style) but my daughter loves this book! We alternate this or a page of Channie's everyday, she will happily sit down and so several pages of this book! In fact, I often come out in the morning to find her already up and working independently in this book. Great intro to handwriting!
I had the hardest time deciding on a beginning handwriting book for my eldest, who is left-handed. This turned out to be a good choice. The kindergarten lessons are simple and I think they gave us a good start to self-directed learning. My child wasn't ready for writing at age 5, but blasted through this book after turning 6 and is looking forward to starting the 1st grade book.
This is a great book, takes children through all the letters and there is not a lot of prep work to teach,
We think this is a great book for intro to handwriting. We selected it because unlike a lot of handwriting curriculum out there this book does not go in alphabetical order but rather teaches by letter shapes and how they are formed. Our little one has been enjoying coloring the picture that goes along with each lesson too. The only reason we’d give this 4 instead of 5 stars is some items in the book are listed review and are single pages and others are lessons and are double sided. It made it harder to apply how many pages per day to the schedule when we preferred to complete one double sided sheet a day. Otherwise excellent handwriting intro.