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I don’t know about your homeschool, but one area where we struggle is with handwriting. I have tried all manner of programs to help my nine-year-old ADHD son and my six-year-old daughter with their handwriting, but we still struggle. So, when I had the opportunity to review the Perfect Reading, Beautiful Writing ebook, I didn’t have high expectations.
This downloadable book is published by Everyday Education, LLC, which offers a lot of products that fit in the Charlotte Mason style of teaching. They provide several different writing courses and living literature resources as well.
Perfect Reading, Beautiful Writing is designed to help struggling or beginning writers through 60 lessons of phonics-based curriculum. According to the author, she found that her son, who struggled with handwriting, did better with slanted writing. This curriculum focuses on teaching one letter at a time, then slanted writing, and then forming full words and sentences.
We have been working on one page at time, which most often focused on just one letter–capital and lower case. The problem I have is getting my son to slow down. He just will not take the time to stay in the lines and trace the letters properly. My daughter is a new to writing, so I think her letters were about on par with her age. Still, she struggles with the lines as well.
I think that these two are about at the same level of writing, which is why I let them both work on it. I do like that I can print as many copies as I need, rather than having to pay for multiple workbooks. It’s a lot of redundancy, which I think is pretty critical in handwriting.
We are still working through the lessons because I believe that they are important. And to be honest, my children don’t argue with me too much when I say it’s time to do them. The lessons are not very long; we just work on one sound each day and focus on writing that letter.
While I don’t believe this should be the main phonics curriculum, I do think it is a great supplement to help them work on their handwriting. And I think the price of $27.00 is quite reasonable, considering that it includes 218 printable pages!
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