Handwriting Help {Homeschool Review Crew}

Handwriting Help

Homeschool Review Crew

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
As my children have aged I’ve realized that we need handwriting help.  Their handwriting leaves a lot to be desired.  While they might have had nice neat handwriting at some point in time it’s gotten a bit lazy and sloppy.  I was excited to review Easy Peasy Cursive through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks.  They have several fun curriculums like Easy Peasy Alphabet and My First Letters.  It was hard to choose which one we wanted to use the most but I finally decided cursive won out.

About the Curriculum

 

Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook
 

The premise of Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks is to give kids more than just a properly formed letter to view. She gives them a visual guide of colored blocks and divider lines to help them learn how to properly form their letters.  These seem to be a great handwriting help and really make writing less of a guessing game.

I love that she gives different colors to show where the lowercase letters should reach versus the upper case letters.  There are also little divider spaces to help with letter spacing and spacing between words.  This is amazing as I know that my children have had issues with spacing between words and crowding their words together.  When you don’t properly space it’s difficult to know where one word ends and another begins!

The Easy Peasy Cursive workbook that we received is geared for grades first through third.  If you have an advanced kindergartener or think that teaching cursive should come first then this would also in my opinion work well for that.  If you’re looking for handwriting help for manuscript writing definitely check out the Easy Peasy Alphabet or My First Letters for those younger kids.  All of the workbooks from Channie’s are geared for ages three through ten and can easily become your handwriting go to.

Our Thoughts

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I have several children learning cursive simultaneously.  I even am having to relearn some of the letters as I don’t write everything in cursive.  It was a bit difficult to choose one child to use this workbook but I finally decided that one of my 9 year old boys could use the most help.  Boys in general in my house have horrid handwriting and getting them to learn cursive has been like pulling teeth because they just don’t get how high letters should go or how to properly form them.  

My son loved that it wasn’t just a plain white paper with lines.  White papers are boring and tend to help him in his quest to lose focus.  Instead of being blinded by white he had neat color patterns which made him think of writing in cursive as more of a game.  Because it was more of a game he was more excited to use it.  Win in my book!  No more fighting over doing handwriting!  

I definitely think this curriculum is amazing and a great handwriting help.  I’d love to get more of this particular book for all of my kids. Even those who have already mastered cursive could use it for practice in being neat and concise.  I also have a twelve year old girl with special needs who is struggling with cursive.  I’m ordering her a workbook so that she can start hopefully finding cursive easy and fun as well.

 

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

Learn More

Want to learn more about what other handwriting help might be available through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Worksbooks?  Check out the Main Blog Post over on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.  You can also find Channie’s on facebook

 

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Improve Handwriting {Homeschool Review Crew}

Improve Handwriting 

Homeschool Review Crew

Our latest Homeschool Review Crew review product has allowed us to improve handwriting in our house.  The product is a download of Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting from Everyday Education, LLC.  

 

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}

 

I was very pleased to get this review as I myself wanted to use this handwriting course.  Also, I wanted to see my older children’s handwriting improve.  This isn’t just a here is how you form the letters properly course.  It’s more of a here is how to make your handwriting gorgeous course.  And, it doesn’t disappoint.  

Old Made New

Let me touch on the entire product for a few minutes.  This is called Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting.  It’s not just meant to help improve handwriting, that’s just a side benefit.  The actual intent of this product is to teach any child to read and write in 60 days.  It’s a phonics course designed for a beginning reader or as remedial work.  The original of this book is very old and written by Caroline Joy Adams.  It has been redone and a foreword added by Janice Campbell who also happens to be the author of Excellence in Literature.

 

Improve Handwriting {Homeschool Review Crew}

 

We really did not heavily use the phonics portion as I was too excited to use the handwriting in italics section.  The phonics goes in a step by step fashion so that each step builds on the previous one.  As I mentioned above it can be used for a beginning reader, a struggling reader, or as remedial work for an older reader.  

While we did receive the ebook for download and review, a physical copy of the book is available.  If I were to buy this product for myself I would have preferred the physical product. This is just personal preference as I enjoy having a real book rather than just pieces of paper printed out.  I’m a bit old fashioned that way.

About The Book

This is a 218 page book or download.  The physical book retails for $29.  I consider this a perfect fit for us with my love of using the Charlotte Mason method for homeschooling.  You don’t have to use or love Charlotte Mason to enjoy the benefits of this program though.  Really, you wouldn’t even have to be a homeschooler, just a parent who wants to work with your child on letter recognition, letter writing, and reading.  Or want to improve handwriting for yourself or your child.

The layout is wonderful in that what you are copying or practicing is on the same page as their example.  No need to flip back and forth through pages to see what the example looked like or to see whether you’ve matched theirs or not.  It’s all their on one page.

Lessons are short and easy to do.  They don’t require any prep work and are simple for the child.  It is recommended to use this daily as the lessons do build upon each other.  I’m looking forward to using the phonics portion with my three year old in the next year or so.  

I used the letter tracing and writing practice with my five year old who can already sound out short words.  This helped her to understand more of how to write the letters plus their sounds.  It also reinforced proper handwriting.

If you’d like to learn more about how to improve handwriting with Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting or the other products Crew members were offered from Everyday Education, LLC please visit the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog and check out all the blog posts linked up.  You can also find them on social media through facebook, pinterest, twitter, linked in, google +, and a second facebook page

 

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