New American Cursive I
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My boys used it with double gain-writing and thinking better as old generations did.
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Category Description for New American Cursive
Handwriting with a bit of a different approach will teach your child cursive skills beginning in first grade. There are fewer strokes, a natural right slant, and the strokes are simplified. The philosophy is that students have the motor skills to write cursive at the first grade level, and when we wait to teach them at about third grade, they literally go back to the speed of first grade writing as they transition from print to cursive.
Each book includes a 7-page teaching guide, 68 instruction and exercise lessons, illustrations and exercises for letter connections, and practice sheets with quotes and Bible verses (a secular version of Book II uses quotes from famous Americans in lieu of Bible verses). Book II has in addition a handwriting evaluation form, review of paper placement and pencil position, review of letter and number formations, and progress reports and test pages. The books have an uncluttered, visual appeal with uncramped space to practice. Since the books are intended for first grade, the spacing is very important.
'Mr. Meerkat' guides your child through each book as he shows the way to draw each letter and encourages creativity. Each lesson includes 3 different types of practice pages. The first page in each lesson is the 'instruction page' on which students follow a 3-step process under Mr. Meerkat's direction. Students first say the letter; the second step is to feel the letter. In this second step students trace large format letters with their finger and are also encouraged to write the letters in the air or draw them on a table with their finger. The third step is to write the letter, both upper and lower case, first by tracing and then by forming the letters. The second page of the lesson is a practice page, and the third page is fun exercises and artwork. Students will practice letter connections, words, and short sentences and even have an opportunity to draw something fun. A reminder for proper paper placement and pencil position is placed at the bottom of pages throughout the book.
The third book still incorporates whimsical Mr. Meerkat as your child's guide through the lessons. There are 100 lessons, one lesson per page, which should take only about 10-15 minutes daily. Many of the lessons are intended to increase creative writing skills by asking the student to write about something familiar, and there are still opportunities for artwork. Other lessons are copy work, which incorporate scripture (KJV and NKJV) and lessons on manners. The first section of book 3 is review of letterforms, connections, size, slant, spacing, and proper pencil, paper, and posture review techniques. A test is provided in lesson 4 to help you evaluate your child's letter formation.
Before the 1940s, children were taught cursive in the first grade. This course provides the opportunity to use this simple technique to bring back the art of handwriting. - Donna
Customer Reviews4.9 / 5.07 ReviewsGreat for beginnersI decided to start my kindergartener and 2nd grader with this. I have tried other materials for them to learn cursive, but couldn't get them to stick. They are both doing a beautiful job of writing. They enjoy it. Their print, I think is improving simultaneously (I allow them to print in workbooks, as they know what their letters look like and can write them). They enjoy being able to work independently on this, but I may have to check that they didn't skip pages. I have been super impressed with my 5/6yr old's writing. She is so proud of her work. I sometimes have to check if a letter was me working with her, or her own. (I just have to remind them on occasion to follow the stroke number order.) I wish I would have started my oldest with cursive! What a battle to get her to do cursive now! Also having my oldest in book 2 to correct some of her cursive writing errors she has developed.October 14, 2015Purchased
over 2 years agoMy eight year old son recently completed New American Cursive I and his handwriting is just beautiful The workbook is nicely laid out with plenty of writing reinforcement and practice for each letter My son essentially worked through it on his own with very little help from me I am ordering NAC II for him and NAC I for his six year old sister Highly recommended!June 15, 2011Great productMy 6.5 year old son has been begging to learn cursive. We picked this up and it's perfect. The explanations are fun and aimed toward small kids, with a friendly character explaining writing in terms of play (climb up, slide down, etc.). The size of the print is good, and there is some room for kids to draw or add in artwork of their own (we've not done it, but it could be an easy enhancement to ask them to draw a cursive letter and turn it into a picture at the bottom, or something fun like that).April 26, 2016Purchased
1 year agoWell DoneI expected a boring cursive book but found, to my pleasure, that this book is engaging and as cheerful as a handwriting book can be. There is just enough practice for a child to "get it." But, not so much as to bore or tire them out. Happy purchase.October 6, 2016Purchased
1 year agoBest for those introducing cursive earlyWe started this product during the last half of 2nd grade (not the first time exposed to cursive with another program however), and my learner already has decent legibility with his printing. So I'm skipping over some of the "just learning to write" basics in the beginning, but it's solid practice for a child who needs to back over the basics of cursive and teaching for a young learner. I like the simplicity of the style and would definitely recommend it for early elementary students.February 11, 2017Purchased
1 year agocursive writing helps develop a fluent thinking as well-Excellentcursive writing helps develop a fluent thinking as well-Excellent
My boys used it with double gain-writing and thinking better as old generations did.February 10, 2017Purchased
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Q & A
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 56 answersWhy did you choose this?Rainbow Resource Center StoreDoes this contain bible verses?BEST ANSWER: I know the first book has the Pledge of Allegiance. I don't recall any Bible verses. I know for certain that there are Bible verses and references to God in books two and three. There was a little Latin translation with English and Spanish as a lesson in there somewhere too (second book?). Hope that helps.Is there a teacher's book for this?BEST ANSWER: No. There is a brief section at the beginning of the book for the teacher. This is all you need to buy. My daughter has really enjoyed learning cursive from the New American cursive books. As a first grader it was the one subject that she was able to do fairly independently.Is the New American Cursive Book Secular? I see that the other levels give a choice, but Level 1 does not.BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is. The book has students write simple words that begin with the assigned letter (bat, hat, car, etc.) with now religious words. At the very end of the book, students are instructed to copy and write independently the Pledge of Allegiance. That is the only "content" in the book. Otherwise, it simply teaches how to form letters and numbers.
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