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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Transitioning to Cursive {TOS Crew Review}

Do you teach cursive in your homeschool?  We recently reviewed a curriculum with the TOS Crew that is helping us with transitioning to cursive in our homeschool.  We are loving Patriotic Penmanship Transition (manuscript to cursive) from Laurelwood Books.

 

Latin and Penmanship {Laurelwood Books Review}
 

This book which teaches transitioning to cursive does it in a way so your child can not only write in cursive but also read it.  On one page the book has the copywork written in manuscript and on the same page directly underneath it is written in cursive.  This way your child sees the same copywork written both ways and knows what they are writing.  It helps their minds see and learn that the letters are the same.

 

Transitioning to Cursive {TOS Crew review}

 

There is no set grade that this works for.  Of course, your child needs to know how to read to use this book.  I personally used this with my 9 year old son who works at a 4th grade level.  He is one of those children who can write in cursive but couldn’t read what he’d written to me.  This book helped us immensely.  He can now read me what he has written as well as read passages in cursive that might come up in books he’s reading.

This is a trace and write book.  So your student will trace the manuscript, write the manuscript, trace the cursive, write the cursive.  Realistically it’s probably a first to second grade level program, but any grade can use it.  My son who is 9 who has been using this did not do the tracing.  He skipped it unless there was a cursive letter he needed to practice and I asked him to trace it.  

There are 20 lessons in the book.  It’s up to you how quickly you go through it.  Each lesson is two pages long.  You can do one lesson a day, five days a week and be done within a month.  Or you can do one lesson a week and make it last a year.  For the purposes of this review we did a lesson a day four days a week, it is the summer and all you know.  

I think if I were going to use this during the school year I would be doing one lesson a week.  They would do the tracing and writing on day one and on the other four days they would copy the passage once in their very best handwriting in their notebook.  Well copy it twice, once in print and once in cursive.  

Patriotic Penmanship transition retails for $13.95.  They also offer Patriotic Penmanship by grade level from Kindergarten to grade six as well as a book for Junior High and a book for High School students and a cursive review book.  

The author of Patriotic Penmanship and helping us with transitioning to cursive this summer is Mary Ellen Tedrow.  She’s a homeschooling mom of 7 and has been the owner/operator for over 20 years of Laurelwood Books.  She’s definitely got the experience and I for one am grateful she chose to use her experience to help out other homeschool moms.  

With Patriotic Penmanship you’re getting an education in more than just handwriting.  While transitioning to cursive my son was also learning passages.  I love that it’s a more Charlotte Mason approach to handwriting in that the passages are famous quotes, speeches, and passages from the Bible. 

Make sure to head over to the Main TOS blog to see all the wonderful products that our Crew members were allowed to review from Laurelwood Books.  We’re loving our book on transitioning to cursive.  I personally would love to look into more of the Patriotic Penmanship books as well.  You can also find Laurelwood Books on facebook.

 

 

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