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 Post subject: Handwriting
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:06 pm 
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My eldest learned handwriting using Schofield and Sim's handwriting books. Alas, they have changed their range and no longer stock these! The only ones they have now are too basic and do not give joined-letter practice unfortunately.

Can anyone suggest some good cursive handwriting practice books please?


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:37 pm 
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Dc5 is using Penpals by Cambridge. Just right for him: slow and steady!


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:09 am 
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Thank you DIY mum, there are different books for each age range, do you have any more advice on this from your experience?


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 9:43 pm 
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Well, DC5 started from the basics (book 1 which is for Y1) but he is in Y3!

But as the handwriting exercises are short, simple and well structured (smooth progression from one cursive rule to another), he's catching up fast. Can't write in the book though- practises on a separate handwriting sheet or whiteboard. :!:


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 8:53 am 
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Ok Thank you, my dd is Year 3 and I didn't want something too simple.
Will order Year 2 and 3 and see what happens (wish Amazon would let you 'look inside' all the books!)


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 12:31 pm 
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The 'look inside' on Amazon of the Teacher's Guide will give you some idea of what's being taught in each year book.

It's not that different. So for example, book 3: le, ling un,de, dis are some of the cursive phonemes introduced. For each rule, roughly four words and one sentence is given for dc to copy as a handwriting practise.

Exercises are succinct but adequate enough to check that 1) they've maintained the 'point of entry' for each letter right and 2) identifies any letter 'faults'.

How about the CGP's handwriting books? They aren't as simple and also tests vocabularly and spelling in one exercise. Too tiring for dc5 though! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 1:42 pm 
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i was about to buy cgp handwriting until i saw this review on amazon

I bought this to help an eight year old improve his cursive writing, but this book just had individual letters, which was not helpful at all. The description was very misleading.

do you have the cgp books and do they have cursive writing practice in them?

thanks again


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 6:08 pm 
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Yes, the review is quite right. Last time I used the book was with ds1, three years ago. He also used the spelling ones which has a similar layout so I must have confused the two. :oops:

Anyhow, I've double checked handwriting books 1-3 and one letter is introduced at a time (per page) along with twenty or so sentences to practise.

It's definitely aimed for the older child who just needs some handwriting practice rather than learning about how to write in 'joined up'.


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 12:14 pm 
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Thank you - it seems that this topic is no longer as important as it once was, perhaps as computers are being used more widely.

Hence why S&S have stopped publishing their range of books.

However neat, clear cursive handwriting is a great asset.

I have ordered two of the Penpals books!


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 Post subject: Re: Handwriting
PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 9:26 am 
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strongly recommend the Morrells Rights Start Handwriting books. Much better than the S&S (IMHO) and include useful work on spelling, grammar, punctuation etc

http://www.morrellshandwriting.co.uk/


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