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Life is hectic. It’s just the reality of the times we live in; and even as a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, my days are jam-packed with appointments, projects, assignments, laundry, youth group, AWANA, 4-H, dishes, blogging, yada, yada, yada…You know the drill. You’re juggling all the same things. So, when I find a product that is simple, does what it sets out to do AND puts some time back into my overflowing schedule, I get excited. Step4Kids Handwriting DVD’s are exactly that kind of simple product that gives me a little more wiggle-room in my homeschooling schedule.
Obviously, all my kids can write — and I’m speaking loosely here, as in the physical, mechanical ability to apply a writing implement to paper and shape letters to form words and sentences, etc. I’ve never been good at enforcing strict penmanship quality and each child has developed their own “style”. My last two, however, have dug in their heels and firmly proclaimed that cursive is impossibly slow and they will be printing for the rest of their lives. In the interest of speed and legibility, I have often relented after yet another failed foray into a new penmanship program. I’m not looking for anything fancy, but I need something a little simpler to decipher than hieroglyphics, so they MUST learn to write legibly AND in cursive.
I have fairly decent handwriting, but none of my kids has been particularly interested in learning my style. I grew up in the era of loops and flowing lines. Handwriting was artistic and flowery. Modern cursive is more utilitarian. I’m totally okay with that, but it’s difficult to demonstrate utilitarian when your brain and fingers automatically go to flowery loops. 🙂 The DVD’s take that pressure off and provide consistent instruction.
I originally received the Steps4Kids Manuscript (printing) DVD to review and was instantly enamored. My four-year-old granddaughter and her younger siblings are going to put many, many miles on that DVD as they learn to form their first letters and master their ABC’s. I was taken with the idea that the program was visual, auditory AND hands-on. Lessons are short and visually demonstrated. The DVD can be stopped and started to practice or review. It can be used on the computer or the TV and there is NO pre-planning other than to print out a few sheets of the pre-formatted writing paper from the DVD, itself. No special paper to buy EVER. Love it! Love it! Love it! No consumable workbooks. Perfect! The kids can work independently. Beautiful!
After reviewing the Manuscript DVD, I wrote to Steps4Kids and explained my last two “cursive-challenged” students. They shipped the cursive DVD right out and both kids have been using it for daily handwriting practice and more and more cursive is cropping up in their daily writing. They have had the opportunity to watch live demonstrations of how to form the letters, hear the explanation of how to form the letter and then write them on their own. Like the Manuscript DVD, the Cursive DVD doesn’t have a lot of “bells and whistles”. It doesn’t need them. It’s solid, simple instruction in good cursive letter formation, working through both the upper and lower cases and learning how to make the proper connections when forming words. If a letter is giving them trouble students can simply go back and review.
I haven’t gotten to the point of demanding every lesson be done in cursive, but we are very close to that point. It was never an option before, but with the daily practice, confidence is increasing, so speed is, as well. I think the Steps4Kids Handwriting DVD’s are a great solution for anyone with penmanship “challenges”. And my family agrees! Whether you homeschool or you just want the confidence to provide extra instruction at home, the Step4Kids Handwriting DVD’s make penmanship training quick and easy.
Although we haven’t reviewed that specific DVD, Steps4Kids also offers Modern Manuscript as an alternative to Traditional Printing.
One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will have the opportunity to experience one of these great programs for themselves. Be sure to enter the Giveaway! And if you just can’t wait, click over to Steps4Kids and grab your favorite.
You must be at least 18 and reside in the U.S. to enter. Mandatory entry must be completed before any additional entries will count. Deadline to enter is midnight (CST) Sunday, November 14, 2010. Winner will be selected at random, using www.random.org.
Leave a comment below telling me which DVD you would like if you win: ABC (Traditional Printing), Modern Manuscript OR Cursive. It’s that simple!
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I received copies of both the ABC and Cursive DVD’s, through Tomoson and Steps4Kids, in order to conduct this review. A positive review was not required and no other compensation was received. As always, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own. Steps4Kids will ship the selected prize directly to the giveaway winner.