Friday, June 23, 2017

Scripture Scribes (A Cursive Book Review)

Learning to write cursive is something that my oldest son (and middle son but not quite yet) wants to do. He started asking about six months ago and I gave him some copy work. He can now write his first name in cursive as well as a few other words if he is really concentrating. We decided that over the summer he would learn to write in cursive so that by fall we could dive into reading cursive as well.

While I was at the HEAV homeschool convention a few weeks ago I came across the loveliest booth. It was called Laurelwood Books. Mary Ellen Tedrow-Wynn is the owner and she is such a delight to talk to. She had a wide range of used books and curriculum to sell. But, she has a passion for copy work and handwriting. She developed her own print and cursive handwriting curriculum. I told her of my needs and she pointed me in the direction of Scripture Scribes. It is a collection of biblical themes for learning cursive. I chose "His Name is Wonderful" because it goes through the many names of Jesus from the Bible.

What I love about this curriculum is that it is divided up into 4 days per lesson. We only homeschool 4 days a week so it works perfectly with our needs. Each day is clearly labeled and easy to follow along. At the top is the name of Jesus or God that you will be learning to write for that day. It also includes specific scripture that goes along with the lesson.

The lesson begins with copying tracing the name of Jesus or God and then goes into the entire scripture. Above you can see that my son has started the lessons and is doing very well. We have discussions about what each name means and look them up in our family Bible.

Here are a few more pictures of the some of the lessons:

The author's reason for creating this particular line of books is to have the students fall in love with the Scriptures. She uses English translations for her Bible verses. I like this because we use the ESV in our home. I find it to be one of the most accurate and easy to read translations.

There are 30 weeks of copy work included in this book. She also has others in this same collection: Psalms & Proverbs for Young Catholics (using the Catholic Bible for verses), Savoring Psalms (KJV), Practicing Proverbs (for lefties!!), One Another, My Whole Heart, Men of Honor/Women of Grace. These books are less than $20 each and will last for the whole school year.

My oldest son (who used this book recently) really enjoyed it. He found it easy to follow along and thought the lessons were not too long. He was able to sit and complete each days work in about 10 minutes. He is just a beginner so it could take a shorter time for a more experienced person. This book is great for beginners or those who need to hone in on their cursive skills.

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*Many thanks to Laurelwood Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

1 comment:

SM Simplifier said...

We just started finger tracing cursive - it is slow for boys, isn't it?