After a brief review of manuscript style handwriting, Writing with Prayer teaches the basics of cursive-style penmanship. Students learn capital and lower-case letters, and practice by writing words, phrases, and short sentences.
This text uses a Zaner-Bloser cursive style, with the exception of the "k," "Q," and comma. Practice lines are 3/8" in height.
|Suggested Grade: 2nd|
|Authors: Geoffrey T. Garvey and Michael J. McHugh|
|Copyright: 2003 (2nd edition)|
|Softbound: 91 pages|
Handwriting Practice Pad (Grades 2 - 4)
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A great writing book with Christian emphasis. The review of manuscript writing in Writing with Prayer is very helpful. I am using this with an older child adopted from another country. The manuscript review and then the cursive instruction is just what was needed to reinforce and learn a new alphabet/language.
Good, basic, economical instruction with a Christian emphasis is how I would describe Writing With Prayer from Christian Liberty Press. The second grade edition that I reviewed was easy to use and provided just enough instruction for my child without over tiring him.
Writing With Prayer opens with a preface to the parents concerning "writing readiness," which is a good measuring tool for where your child may be in relationship to the exercises in the workbook. This would be particularly helpful if the child is becoming frustrated with his or her writing efforts. Following this is an introduction to cursive writing readiness, left or right-handed preparation to write, and a review of manuscript letter formation. In this portion of the manual, there is a mini-review of some grammar applications such as sentence writing and punctuation, capitalization rules, spacing, comma usage, and putting together a paragraph. The rest of the book is dedicating to teaching cursive writing.
Beginning with basic strokes and continuing with letter formation through the alphabet, Writing With Prayer repeats the lessons of letter formation with practice words and sentences. Each section increases in difficulty until the lessons culminate with once again a basic review of grammar, sentence structure, and finally, the writing of the Ten Commandments in cursive. Concluding the workbook there are even more suggestions for the parent in teaching handwriting!
A very practical little workbook, modestly priced, Writing With Prayer is a good buy. Christian Liberty Press has a longstanding reputation for quality Christian education, which is affordable for everyone.