Today I bring to you our review on the Peterson Directed Handwriting Cursive e-books Levels 1-4, priced at $19.95 each.
Never heard of it? Well let me fill you in.
Peterson Directed Handwriting teaches children to internalize rhythmic, movement modules that come out as fluid, legible, intuitive writing rather than relying upon visual feedback (a counterproductive technique for all ages, even adults).
Understand that? Okay, let’s see…uh…this handwriting program teaches children to become so familiar with certain movements learned at a rhythmic pace that the output is beautiful writing that becomes a natural part of the child. No where in this curriculum will you find “Now, have your student copy a lowercase 'a' 600 times”. No, pencil tracing is actually discouraged. You can listen to an informative presentation here.
This program is dedicated to improving and strengthening motor skill development in your young children in order to be efficient in their writing. This is done by finger-tracing exercises, proper pencil grip (phenomenal in and of itself!) proper paper placement, sitting posture, oh, even desk height.
There is so much information on their website that will educate you beyond your wildest dreams about all things handwriting.
Here is a quote from their materials, “Teach the student to hold the page in writing position and use the pointer finger to trace the movement model. Cursive strokes are produced with lateral movements. Position skills are critical for control of fluent movements. Chant the Action Words, Count or Colors aloud and move with the voice. The challenge to move smoothly with the vocal when finger-tracing, air-writing and with the pencil on the practice page, greatly enhances the internalization process.”
That really was our daily handwriting practice in a nutshell…but read on for a little more detail.The Experience
We began each handwriting session with “air writing” and “finger tracing” exercises. I would write a stroke (or letter if we had learned all strokes for that letter) on the chalkboard and each child would then air write it a few times and then finger trace it. Now we did this all while saying the key words out loud-each and every time. This is suppose to help with rhythm and causes the child to actually write and not draw his letters (something that letter tracing encourages).
Something extra that I did do was to purchase the Crossover Pencil Gripper, Triangular Pencils and Position Guides. These products just added to our great experience with this product.
Honestly the Peterson curriculum is not the most user-friendly right off the bat. There is a lot of information with technical words that really did confuse me at first. As homeschoolers I know that often we want something that we can just open up and say “Okay, tell me what to say and do.” This curriculum isn’t like that. Take the time to study and learn, I was so glad that I did. I think that getting to know this curriculum before I plunged into it made all the difference. Just by reading the information available on their website I became more convinced that their methods were the best I have ever seen. And gained confidence in teaching it.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in this curriculum to take a few weeks and read as much of the information you can from the website. It will make you much more confident as you begin this with your children. That being said though I could not write this review without mentioning the fact that Mr. Nelson was always available and accommodating to those who needed help or had questions! No better customer support anywhere!!
Oh yeah, another great testimony: the children never complained about this!! The last two years handwriting was an unwelcomed guest at our house, not this year!!
|Isn't it bee--u-t-ful?!|
- Cursive ebooks $19.95 each
- Take time to understand the reasoning behind this method.
- Excellent support available at their website.
- Great supplements available for purchase as well.
**Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.**