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Simple Cursive Instruction for Young Children

I was recently asked to explain how I teach my children to write. And when I thought back … way back … I realized you can’t teach a child to write until you have begun handwriting class. Handwriting, the bane of humanity. Really, we don’t need to dread teaching or practicing handwriting so much. Like so many other subjects, we simply need to keep it simple and remain patient. Start with cursive. I thought you said keep it simple? But cursive really is the simple way to learn. Children have learned “proper handwriting” for centuries … until the rise of “look-see” reading programs in the 20th century and then the proliferation of technology. Then not only across this country, but around the world, adults quit teaching their children how to write beautifully, fluidly, and legibly. This integral part of our culture need not be lost. Cursive is easier for young children’s small motor skills. Rather than picking up the pencil numerous times and making harsh corners and points, the young hand is allowed to remain …

Review – A Child’s Treasury of Prayers, Poems, and Verses

In the homeschool world, copybooks are a dime a dozen. Literally, I can go to my used bookstore and come home with armloads full. The discerning parent, however, is ever on the lookout for the beautiful, interesting volume to inspire and instruct her young ones toward godliness. Such a resource is A Child’s Treasury of Prayers, Poems, and Verses.   Veteran homeschool mother and author Joy Marie Dunlap has gathered nearly 75 poems and verses into a convenient, printable e-book.  The Scriptures, in easy-to-understand New American Standard Version, speak to the child’s relationship to God and others.  Over 40 original poems and 17 verses by classic authors illustrate biblical principles of godly living. Each verse and poem is reprinted with dotted lines, so beginning writers can copy the works they read. A Child’s Treasury of Prayers, Poems, and Verses is adorned with reproductions of wholesome artwork to inspire the young student and his family.  Over forty scenes illustrating virtues such as kindness, hard work, and family