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One thing that binds every homeschooling subject together is the need for handwriting. To in some way put our thoughts in written form whether that’s a test, report, or a letter to grandma telling her how the local river got its name. The ability to write in manuscript or cursive will make our child’s life much easier in the years to come. Handwriting is one of the core homeschooling subjects we need to teach.
Yes, I did add cursive in there as a need. Being able to fluently write in cursive has shown benefits to a child’s brain and thought process. The ability to write faster will reduce frustration. And yes you parents of future drs even with tech there will be times you must write out scripts and they need to be legible. Parents of future engineers may giggle at that because all their kids are writing in careful (painfully slow) block manuscript, mine included.
We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary Handwriting curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .
TOP 10 choices for Homeschooling Elementary Handwriting Curriculum
- Handwriting Without Tears From the website- “We use fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate instructional methods to enable children to master handwriting as an automatic and comfortable skill.”
- A Reason for Handwriting From the website- “A Reason for Handwriting®complete K-6th Handwriting Curriculum: it’s a fact that when children enjoy their lessons, learning is greatly enhanced and retention greatly increased. A Reason For Handwriting® provides a fun, meaningful approach to developing handwriting skills.”
- Abeka Penmanship From the website “Each grade will give you lessons for 170 school days. Your child will have engaging books written and edited by skilled, experienced Christian educators. You’ll have teaching aids, clear lesson plans, and the option of expertly taught lessons on video.”
Learning how to write legibly and smoothly is a necessity. By the middle of elementary school many curricula have our children writing reports. By middle school they are writing out multiple reports, science experiments, etc a week. In high school things only get longer in length and more difficult. Not to mention in high school your then teen will most likely be taking a foreign language that they will need careful, clean writing skills to write out a new language. Writing is a foundation skill a lifetime of learning will be placed upon.
- Classical Conversations Prescripts
- Draw Write Now
- Simply Charlotte Mason Handwriting
- Zaner-Bloser Handwriting
How to Hold Your Pencil
Time to start handwriting and you want to be sure your child has a good pencil grip first. Here is a video from Happy Brown House’s Sara McClure showing one method of gripping a pencil.
We are setting the foundation blocks for a lifetime of writing skills. I do understand that there are children who struggle with writing and I am not trying to discount their journey or their ability to overcome and succeed. I am encouraging that we set all children on an early path to learn writing and if obstacles come up we address them immediately.
#1 Handwriting Without Tears is the number one choice for Occupational Therapists who work with children with dysgraphia and other handwriting issues
Great news is we have lots of different optiosn to teach handwriting to our elementary level children! Using the options shared by our fellow Teach Them Diligently families we have lots of options for our children to learn writing at home. From the early years of crayon scribbled first attempts at names on our refrigerator to college applications writing is a skill we teach our children that will last a lifetime.
This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.
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