As part of the Old Schoolhouse Review Crew, I have received one copy of Classical Conversations’ PreScripts Cursive Words and Drawing: Scripture spiral bound book for ages 5-10. I’ve had Liberty, age 9, and Eden, age 8, using it. Since I wanted both girls to do it, I’ve had them work on separate paper, but for the price, it would be well worth buying separate books for each student. It has a lot of trace work that they obviously couldn’t do working on separate paper.
My problem was this: I told Liberty and Eden they got to do this book when we were selected for the Classical Conversations review. They were thrilled. They loved each day’s work, but I realized this PreScripts level was a bit more geared toward those less confident of their cursive skills. More like… Sterling, who hasn’t done cursive at all yet. He could gain a lot of skill from this book, but when I started this review, I wasn’t sure he was ready for cursive. Now though – I know he can handle this. But…
I’d already told Liberty and Eden they could do it. And they were loving it. A lot. So, I stuck with them practicing their already fairly-good cursive skills. I love that they are writing Scripture each day, and they’ve had a ton of fun with the simple drawings they work on with their lessons. It didn’t feel at all like busy work, and there was definite progress being made as they worked. It was quick and to the point and thoroughly enjoyable by both girls.
In the end, I’m rather glad I mistakenly gave it to the wrong kids. Liberty is ten, and Eden is eight, and both fall into the recommended 5-10 year olds age category, and the girls have had a fun, bright spot in their daily work with this. They’ve worked on a two-page spread each day, and haven’t complained once about the work. I’ve been working on their cursive “slant” that has yet to be perfected, and this was a fun way for them to work on proper formation. They’ll finish their copywork in this book, and then I’ll have Sterling start, actually writing in the book to get the benefit of tracing the written words. Sterling will need a bit more instruction since he’s never done any cursive at the ripe old age of six, but the girls haven’t needed any. There is a page at the beginning for parents and a page to describe how to form each letter, but there isn’t a teacher book, no tedious instructions to read to the student, just good solid Scripture to copy and fun little drawings that utilize the movements required for letter formation. The worms (below) were particularly fun. Their only complaint was there wasn’t more drawing to be done. But I’m thinking we should just get an art curriculum for that. ;)
PreScripts Cursive Words and Drawing: Scripture is spiral bound, contains 146 pages and is $12.99 available here.
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