We were given the opportunity to review the handwriting book PreScripts from Classical Conversations. We chose PreScripts Cursive Words And Drawing Scripture. It is available for $12.99 and is recommended for ages 5-10. From the website: “Introduces children to the building blocks of cursive writing: letters, then words, then simple sentences. This book focuses on lessons from Proverbs and the book of James as well as drawing lessons using basic shapes.” (Scripture is from the NKJV, KJV, & NIV Bibles.) The book is spiral bound horizontally.
The book starts with A Note For Parents explaining the intent behind Classical Conversations PreScripts Cursive Words and Drawing work book. They believe that coloring, drawing, tracing, and copying are the building blocks to fine motor skills and good handwriting. Having Scripture as the copy work, gives it a deeper meaning. They encourage taking the time 4-5 days each week to work on cursive with your child. They state that the pace is up to the parent based on the child’s ability, but that doing one page a day will take 1 school year to complete the book. After the note to the parents, there are about 3 pages where the student can trace and write the entire alphabet to get a feel for cursive letters formations. The cursive style is quite fancy with little “tails and swirls” on most letters.
|Tracing & writing the letters of the alphabet.|
This work book is very straightforward and simple to use. It is divided into three parts. Part 1 uses letters, words, and scripture. Part 2 is writing numbers in cursive. And part 3 is “Tricky Letter Combinations in the First Chapter of James”. Each letter of the alphabet has two pages devoted to it. The first page starts with a letter that the student traces then writes several times until they are confident in their ability. They move on to writing a word using that letter and finally a full sentence (Scripture). On the second page, they are introduced to a drawing concept. The drawings start out very simple (a circle, straight line, dot, etc.) and eventually build on one another to encourage the student to combine multiple drawing concepts to create a complete drawing. The same goes for Part 2: writing numbers. The first page is writing the number “2”, then the word “two”, then a sentence/scripture using the number word, and page two is drawing pictures or a “free drawing” space. Part 3 has less drawing pages and more pages devoted to practicing cursive, but each drawing concept is more in depth and includes how to draw a cylinder, cubes, shading, etc. Letter combinations include “tw, bo, oy, th”, etc.
|The letter “A” completed!|
Josiah is 8-years-old and has not had any formal introduction to cursive. I am not confident in my cursive writing and do not feel like I can show him how to write it properly. When this review became available, I was anxious to do it. I have heard a lot of great things about Classical Conversations in general and I especially loved that the copy work used in this book of PreScripts is Scripture. Josiah loves drawing as well, so I expected a great match overall. And I was mostly right. Josiah was excited to get started, but after completing his first page (see above), he was a little overwhelmed at the thought of doing any more writing. He loved the drawing pages, though! After the first few days, I decided to slow down and have Josiah focus on less each day. He now does just the single letter tracing and writing one day, then the word tracing and writing the next day, and finally the sentence/scripture tracing and writing another day… and he worked a little on the drawing each day until done with that letter. He says that he likes learning cursive and that it is like a whole new “secret code”. 🙂