Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Handwriting

The Peterson Directed Handwriting came today. Darn slim little package for what I paid. Catherine's eager to start but shoot, I've got stuff to read. Apparently there's like, a system I'm supposed to use. Honestly, between this and Classical Writing I've never had curriculum that needed so much freakin' research before we even thought of starting it. Most of it's been me opening the book, pointing and saying, "Do this."

I'm going to bed now with my Peterson manual and some of my chocolate stash. Wish me luck.

6 comments:

lorraine m said...

Hmmmm, I like my Getty Dubay italics books then. I handed them to her and said "wanna learn to write?, do these. " So how'd it go?

lorraine m said...

FreeWorld U has a lot of new stuff this year BTW, saves me from emailing you. www.freeworldu.org

Dawn said...

It's a tease. We started today but the only thing we're supposed to do is a benchmark piece of writing and a fluency test (words per minute). She seemed to like it but wanted more. Always good when the kids are left wanting more!

This goes into proper spacing as well so I'm sort of thinking it might help her with her math work as well where stuff tends to get cramped and unreadable.

concernedCTparent said...

This goes into proper spacing as well so I'm sort of thinking it might help her with her math work as well where stuff tends to get cramped and unreadable.

I really think graph paper has worked wonders for my daughter's math work. Penmanship has never been a stongsuit. Consistenly using the graph paper also comes in handy when you're graphing (who knew!), doing a bar model, or plotting a point on a line, for example. It even helps make her geometric shapes more accurate. I have her use it to show all her math work because the graph paper boxes keep things aligned and tidy thereby significantly reducing careless errors.

For penmanship my three are using Getty Dubay this year. So far I love being able to just hand this one right off.

suchlovelyfreckles said...

We use Handwriting without tears, which I consider an excellent and very affordable curriculum for my daughter. She's learned to write in italics in no time. And it's such a joy to watch her do it.

Lynn said...

Years ago, I bought The Writing Road to Reading before realizing that parents actually take workshops to figure it out.