Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom
Handwriting curriculum is one of the first purchases new homeschooling parents make, eager to get their child started off on the journey of communicating through the written word.
Learning to write their own name feels exciting and important to young children, so as parents it can seem like a big responsibility to choose the best resource.
Well worry no more! This post contains six of the most helpful, popular handwriting choices currently on the market.
1. A Reason for Handwriting
This curriculum uses as its foundation verses from the Bible. Each week a different verse is memorized and used as copywork practice.
Lessons are designed to be completed in 10-15 minutes, and the program covers both manuscript and cursive writing. Levels go from Kindergarten up to Grade Six if necessary.
2. Handwriting Without Tears
Handwriting Without Tears was developed by an occupational therapist. It therefore follows a developmental sequence, initially introducing the letters that are easiest to write and proceeding in difficulty from there.
This curriculum uses a two-lined approach for handwriting, as opposed to the more traditional three lines. Some customers report this as an advantage, while others find it confusing for children.
3. Getty-Dubay Italic Program
The Getty-Dubay method uses italic writing from the beginning of a child’s lessons. The main advantage comes when transitioning to cursive, which is said to be significantly easier when using this method as many of the letters are formed the same way.
Getty-Dubay begins with a Kindergarten level and continues through Grade Six.
In the Charlotte Mason style of education, copywork is used for handwriting practice. Students are initially taught their basic letter shapes, and then practice by copying inspiring quotations, poems, or Biblical passages.
Head to Simply Charlotte Mason for several print-ready, free copywork pages to use with your children.
5. Draw Write Now
This series of books was created to combine drawing instruction and an interest in handwriting. Each book contains a series of simple drawing lessons, followed by a writing passage about the object being drawn.
The authors of Draw Write Now also created StartWrite Handwriting Software, which allows you to create, customize, and print handwriting pages for your child, based on his interests and practice needs.
6. Your Child’s Imagination
Bear in mind that you don’t have to use a formal handwriting curriculum.
In our home we have a shelf with inexpensive handwriting workbooks, paper, pencils, and lined white boards. Our children are not required to do writing lessons, but regularly choose to spend time working on letter formation and asking for help while creating stories or writing captions on their artwork.
Children naturally want to communicate through written words, especially as they see parents model the importance of writing. Choose the best resource that fits your children’s learning style and watch them take off with their newfound skill.
Please share the experiences you’ve had with these and other handwriting curriculums.