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Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting – A Review

Perfect Reading & Beautiful Handwriting - A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you like to use copywork to reinforce phonics and handwriting you want to be sure to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC. High school record keeping, especially transcripts can be so overwhelming for parents so you should consider this book from Everyday Education LLC that teaches italic handwriting.

This book is available in both a physical form and an ebook form.  It contains sixty lessons designed to help the student learn italic penmanship by moving from straight penmanship to slanted and joined.  I decided to participate in this review primarily for myself because of the edged pen practice.  However, I may have our teenage daughter work through this book at some point.

I love how this program is designed to be completed in only 60 days.  I know when our children were younger they frequently became bored with doing the same type of things over and over again This program is designed to assist with both reading and writing well.  The copywork is perfect for those families who prefer to use a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschool.  Addressing everything from proper posture to holding a pen properly to spacing, slanting, and sizing, this book offers it all.

Depending on the age of the person either being taught or using the book, different ways of using the book are given.  I firmly believe in the importance of children learning to read and being able to read well.  As a child, I was taught the love of reading, so I was never lonely or bored because I always had a book with me.  Perhaps because my husband is in the military and by the age of ten our children needed to be able to properly write their signature in a relatively small block in order to be issued their military identification card, I believe that good handwriting is a necessity, but beautiful handwriting is even better.  I truly believe handwriting can be an art form.

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Everyone needs to go through Chapter 2 before moving on to the other chapters in the book.  Because my goal was to learn to use an edged pen (or calligraphy style pen), I read through the material at the beginning of the book and then went through chapter 2.  Because I was able to download this book, I added it to an app on my iPad so  I could practice on the go with my Apple pen for Chapter 2 in addition to doing it on paper.

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I have to say, I found the edged pen a little more challenging than I expected.  Because of the soft tip of the pen I used, I found it difficult to form letters such as “e’ with as much finesse as I wanted them to have.  But I do plan on continuing to practice.  I also found that using the edged pen I selected  I had difficulty some times fitting all of the letters of all of the words on the lines provided.  So I think I would have benefited from using a different paper.

You can find Janice Campbell and Everyday Education, LLC on social media at the following links: Facebook either here or here, Twitter either here or here, Instagram, and Pinterest.

So if you are looking for a way to introduce reading and penmanship for young children or you are looking for some to help a learner who is struggling, you just want to have beautiful handwriting yourself, check out this book for yourself.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts about this ebook this week, so click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews.

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Review of CursiveLogic’s CursiveLogic Quick Start Pack and The Art of Cursive

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Some things are learned early on and require no additional practice.  Other things take time to grow a natural desire and inclination to improve upon skills already learned.  In our family, cursive writing is one of those skills.  All of our children had to learn cursive writing in order to place their signature on their military identification cards when they reached the age of ten years old.  We, as parents, could not sign for them.  So it was an important skill.  Now almost five years later for our daughter, a desire came to improve her writing.  My husband also desired to improve his cursive writing.  I also desired to improve my skills as well. CursiveLogic uses a logical approach to teach cursive letters with their CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive.

I love that this program can basically be used for any ages including adults.  The program lends itself to adaptations to fit the student.  For example, older students/adults could move through the program much quicker.  While younger children could move through the program at a much slower pace.

The program utilizes a shape-based approach that helps create connections for students to learn the proper techniques for writing their letters.  Letters are grouped with similar letters to help created muscle-memory for the correct process to make the letters.  There are phrases to say when forming the letters to help remember the proper order for forming the letters.  The workbook is set up to be used by students who are either right or left-handed without having to worry about the coil.

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There is a webinar that details the entire process that goes through how to use the CursiveLogic program.  The video is almost fifty minutes long.  I watched it myself and would personally recommend breaking it up into parts, based on where you are currently at in the program.  If you have older children or have adults doing the program, they could watch the webinar themselves.  For younger children, the parents/teacher could watch the video to ensure proper techniques are being used.

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Another thing I really liked about this program is that it does not simply jump right into forming letters.  Instead, the program takes time to talk about proper posture, proper paper placement, and pencil holding to ensure success.

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The program is designed to be completed in ten weeks, however, older students and adults could obviously go through the program at a faster pace.  However, our family decided to go at a slower pace since we are not using the program to actually learn cursive writing for the first time.  We are using the program to refine skills already learned.

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The program utilizes a shape-based approach.  There are four-letter strings that each share a common shape.  Students learn the connection between letters and shapes right from the beginning.  A multi-sensory approach uses color, movement, verbal and auditory tools so it will appeal to all learners.  Another benefit is that students actually write real words the very first week.  Because it follows a logical approach, students will be much more inclined to get it.

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The Art of Cursive is a workbook includes pages to writing as well as coloring pages.  So far, we have not utilized the coloring pages, but I will update this post and do an additional post when we have a coloring page completed.

All in all, I have to say our family was very impressed with this program.  If you are looking for a cursive writing program that utilizes a multi-sensory approach, I recommend you check CurisveLogic out for yourself and look at the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive.

If you use the code CREW2018, you can receive 20% on the Quick-Start Pack, which is the webinar + workbook combo through the end of March.

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If you would like to read reviews by other members of the Homeschool Review Crew, click here or on the graphic below.

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