Italic Handwriting Book A Kindergarten
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.
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
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.
My son's handwriting was very poor. The worse was seeing him forming the letter incorrectly. This book has been Godsend. My son loves it because the repetition is very doable and easy. His handwriting has improved so much! I will be buying the rest of the series as he progresses.
I got this for my daughter after we had finished Kindergarten because I realized she wouldn’t be able to keep up with the writing requirements in the 1st grade curriculum. We did a reading and writing boot camp. This book is great! Each page only takes a minute or two.
We have finished all the letters and are starting the numbers. My daughter wrote a note to her grandmother that says “I love you” and it was legible, the letters were mostly even, and her grandmother even remarked about her excellent penmanship.
I bought this for my four year old but have no plans on starting him on it yet; the book, however, looks great in terms of practicing writing that's more script and less block. My son is resistant to writing letters so I'm putting this on the shelf until next year. I like the simplicity of the book and the way the letters are presented are great for a right-handed child who knows the basic concepts of pencil control. I am a leftie and would have had some issues with the 'natural slant' presented in the book, so in my opinion Timberdoodle Parents: if you have a left-handed child, find a left-handers approach to writing instead of a one-size-fits-all book.
My daughter really enjoys this book. We plan to continue to use this series.