Italic Handwriting Book A Kindergarten
With clever illustrations and plenty of space for writing and drawing on each individual letter page, this first book in the Series provides practice with basic shapes and introduces basic italic lowercase families and capitals, one letter per page. Includes numerals.
Long-time Customer Favorite
The Italic Handwriting Series was the first, and for more than 12 years was the only handwriting program we carried at Timberdoodle. Known for its beautifully legible appearance and natural flow, Italic Handwriting was a long-time favorite with our customers.
Alternative to Scripture-based Reason for Handwriting
We have since recommended A Reason for Handwriting, realizing that many of us would rather have our children copying Scripture than the meaningless sentences used in some secular handwriting programs. But there are also homeschooling families who either prefer not to use Scripture or have their curriculum funded through a public school system that won't pay for a Scripture-based program. For those families, and families who simply prefer the style and flow of Italic Handwriting, we are happy to offer this series.
We Appreciate Legible Handwriting
We've always been fairly low-key about the need for a handwriting course. Being a mail-order business, we have seen handwriting of every description and realize good or bad handwriting is seemingly no hindrance to success in life. Back in the day when most of our orders actually came by mail, we undeniably appreciated good handwriting, and would comment amongst ourselves when an order form was particularly readable.
Smooth Transition from Printing to Cursive
The Italic Handwriting Series does more than teach fine skills. It resulted in something that was beautifully legible! This is the course we used with our children, and while the results admittedly varied depending on the child, Italic Handwriting was logical because the transition from printing to cursive was exceptionally smooth, and it is easy to write as it conforms to natural hand movements. Each Italic Handwriting book has the basics of how to form each letter and then age-appropriate exercises which students do in the workbook. New students should start the program at grade level.
From the Publisher:
Handwriting: It helps us learn, share ideas, and be creative.
Handwriting today is both a tool for learning and a professional skill. We need a handwriting style that keeps up with the demands of modern life. It needs to be legible and logical, easy to write and easy to learn.
When it comes to being understood, handwriting still matters.
And yet, as authors Barbara Getty and Inga Dubay write, “American handwriting is in a woeful state. We have become a 'please print' nation. But there is hope. We can stop mumbling on paper and become legible writers. We can go italic.”
Keep the focus on learning.
For early learners, literacy and language development are foundations of readiness, and research suggests that handwriting is a key component. Learning to write letters and form words are powerful first steps toward academic success.
A seamless transition.
With the Getty-Dubay Italic Handwriting Series, kids learn one alphabet — basic italic transitions naturally to cursive. In elementary school, handwriting is an important scaffold for basic literacy skills. For middle school students, fluent handwriting means more language arts success, and better preparation for high school.
Author: Barbara Getty & Inga Dubay
Number of Pages: 72
Publisher: Getty-Dubay Productions
Made In: USA
Awards and Endorsements:
Homeschooling Parent Homeschool Friendly Stamp of Approval 2005
Homeschool.com Seal of Approval 2006
The Old Schoolhouse EE Award Winner 2007
Practical Homeschooling Reader Award 2012
super simple, quick and easy and the image that coincides with the letter they're working on that day doubles as a coloring page perk after she's finished her handwriting practice!
We did a lot of handwriting and the curriculum kits include great programs for the kids to practice writing. However, when I saw this book I instantly wanted to get it, I love how it presents and I think it’s great to use for writing practice . I will continue to buy the next levels as an addition to the curriculum kits.
This is a solid start. It is easy to follow and enjoyable for the kids.
My son struggled with writing his letters. When we first started this he wasn’t really into it now we have 4 pages left and he’s so excited to start the next book! I love that it has arrows with numbers to show which line to start first and what way they go. His letters have improved drastically.
We have tried several different highly recommended hand writing curriculum with our daughter but this one has been her favorite and we plan to continue to use the series next year. We like that its not an overwhelming amount per page. Our daughter enjoys how pages have places for her to print her best letter or answer simple questions or to color a picture related to the letter. Also enjoy that the letters do not go in alphabetical order. Very pleased.