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Recommended for Kindergarten, but can also be used for beginning penmanship practice at the preschool level. 144 pages.
A Reason For Handwriting Level K begins with exercises to practice the mechanics of handwriting (such as making circles and straight or slanted lines). After eight such lessons, the student worktext then proceeds to lowercase letter formation and practice, followed by upper case. There are 52 two-page lessons focusing on each letter of the alphabet in upper and lower case, with nine two-page review lessons appearing periodically through the course of the work. The book concludes with four two-page review lessons.
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Item #: 10050
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We just started using the A Reason for Handwriting Level K program and I'm already so happy with it! The simplicity of the teacher's guide and the student workbook is seriously greatly appreciated. The pages aren't too busy and give my Kindergartener plenty of intentional handwriting practice during our homeschool days. My pre-k daughter is also using the handwriting student book and is strengthening her skills. So happy with this program! If you are hesitant, just go for it! You won't be disappointed.
A Reason for Handwriting series is a great way for children to practice their handwriting It works wonderfully for various learning styles using tactile (writing practice and art) audio (listening to the lessons which are very interesting) and visual (art) The books are easy to use I also like how God is incorporated into the lessons and scripture in the various books My older kids really enjoyed the creative outlet while learning These products are very worth the cost For anyone wanting to teach manuscript style writing I do not think there is a better workbook out there The only negative (in my opionion) is that it teaches manuscript and I decided to go with Getty-Dubay (italic) Even so I am going to use it with my other children and have them practice italic writing on their sheets Although I am teaching my children a different style of handwriting I prefer the well done lessons in A Reason for HandwritingThe Level K Student workbook provides not only instruction in how to write the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make (phonics) but also incorporates little lessons to reinforce the letter sounds and adds an "art project" to go along with each letter Ex The "G" page has a Giraffe on it The student traces the word "Giraffe" colors the giraffe and draws a tall tree with delicious leaves for the giraffe to nibble The book also suggests that you can cut out leaves from green paper or find real leaves and glue them to your tree It breaks the lessons up with one for the capital G and one for the loer case g - "g's" lesson is on geese and they color a goose according to the kind of goose they want to make; then draw a nest with eggs in the nest to match the kind of goose they colored This is a great reinforcing supplement to any early learning phonics program I used it with the Get Ready Get Set Go for the Code series After the initial review of how the lessons work guidance on critiquing work and review of additional creative handwriting practice ideas (1 hour max) it takes 60 seconds to review the how-to's of writing a particular letter and about another two to ten minutes (depending on how interactive the child is) to read the lesson for the page they are about to work on I loved the little lessons that come with each letter to teach them something new and different as well as the various ways they suggest to color/decorate the pages [Source: Rainbow Resource, January 7, 2004]
I am so excited about this set of handwriting workbooks! So far we have only used kindergarten (K) My daughter learned a lot from them this year from the correct formation of letters to letter sounds to various kinds of animals We were even able to use this as a jumping off point to study various kinds of animals After the P page which has a picture of a penguin on the back we dove into a study of penguins looking on the internet for what type of food they eat checking out books from the library and finally taking a trip to the Zoo The treehouse graphic was very helpful too I can't wait to start the first grade book my plan is to use the scripture verses as our memory verse as well [Source: Rainbow Resource, June 16, 2007]
I am using A Reason for Handwriting K with my 4 year old daughter It is working pretty well for us It is a traditional "ball and stick" type of handwriting program The workbook starts off with a short introduction to basic pencil strokes - circles diagonal lines etc It then introduces the beginning writer to proper way to write the different letters of the alphabet both upper and lower-case It uses the concept of a treehouse to teach children how big or little to make the letter (ie a capital "D" touches the roof of the treehouse while a lower-case "a" does not) Unlike the other workbooks in this series this one does not have the children copying scriptures Instruction is limited to writing the letters One of the best features of this workbook are the coloring pages As each letter is introduced there is a corresponding picture of an animal or object that begins with that letter of the alphabet My daughter enjoys coloring the pictures and it is good motivation for her to try her best I do recommend this book We have found it pretty easy to use although probably helps that my daughter has about a year of previous handwriting practice If your child gets easily frustrated you might want to look into the Handwriting Without Tears series instead This one is working for us and I like the emphasis on scripture that is found in the more advanced workbooks [Source: Rainbow Resource, August 13, 2007]
A Reason for Handwriting K provides wonderful exercises for pre-writing by practicing circles in the correct direction before you get to writing actual letters The teacher guide is very helpful giving good hints for both teaching and supervising the mechanics of handwriting things like good posture and paper positioning Also one teacher's edition covers all levels of the program My only criticism of this program is that there is no practice of writing numbers However if the math program you use covers this like Saxon does then you won't miss it [Source: Rainbow Resource, July 4, 2008]