New American Cursive, by Memoria Press Review
Cursive is a thing of the past with most schools today, and I have to admit that I have not done a great job at teaching my younger children cursive. My oldest two know how to do it, but my younger two did not. So, when the opportunity arose to review New American Cursive, by Memoria Press came up for review in my sites, I jumped on it.
For this review, I was given book 1, which is a beginners book. You can see a sample by clicking on the link.
Jonah is a lefty and I as a right-handed person has really struggled with teaching him to print, let alone cursive. So, over the years, I have struggled with making him do his writing since I just could not get him to understand HOW to write in cursive, or even print. Jonah struggled for a long time, so we got used to doing most things orally.
Using New American Cursive has been a godsend, it has made life so much easier and while he does think book one is just too easy and “babyish” for him. I know that he is ABLE to start writing and even reading cursive.
I personally like how it is set up. The way it is set up, makes it so easy to teach. Plus with Jonah being 13, he only needs me to basically check his work at the end of the assignments. Right now, I have him doing 2-3 pages a day, unless his hand gets tired, then he only does one. To be fair, Jonah does have some learning difficulties. So, he works on New American Cursive around 3 days a week. He gets frustrated at every day.
Jonah gets on his work and he thinks that it is pretty easy to learn. Though he is finding some difficulty, he keeps forgetting to not pick up his pencil. However, he is learning and is loving the process. I am really just glad that Jonah will be able to not only write cursive, that he will also be able to read cursive when he is done with the program.
It is so sad to this mama’s heart that children are not learning to write with this sort of penmanship. I understand that this is now a digital age, and most likely won’t ever really need to “sign” their names as we have done, and our families before us. But, in reality, legal paperwork still requires written and printed signatures. If children do not know how to write in cursive, how will they ever know how to sign their names?
Memoria Press has lots of great classical educational items for homeschooling families, or even for the families that just need a bit extra. I am very impressed with their website, how easy it is to navigate through out the website.
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