UPDATE: Congrats to Devin Berna, the winner of the giveaway! Devin has been contacted and I’ll be sending along the set of four prescripts books. Thanks to everyone for entering!
Have you seen the Prescripts series of books created by Classical Conversations yet? They are essentially a series of four spiral bound books designed for the child to color, draw, trace, and copy as part of teaching them how to write. While giving the child fine motor skills practice, Prescripts also provides exposure to scripture, history, art, and American documents. Some of the copywork is specific to memory work the child will encounter in the cycles of CC. The four books are:
Prescripts Cursive Letters and Coloring: Medieval to Modern World History This is created for the beginning writer with tracing and writing of cursive, drawing, and coloring.
Prescripts Cursive Words and Drawing: Scripture contains 3 parts: Letters, Words, and Scriptures, Writing Numbers in Cursive, and Tricky Letter Combinations in the First Chapter of James. The cursive is about 3/4″ in size so not too difficult for the early cursive writer.
Prescripts Cursive Sentences and Art Lessons: Medieval to Modern World History includes the history sentences of cycle 2 and a variety of drawing lessons including using a grid, map drawing, composition, and portraiture. In this third book, the copywork selections increase in length and decrease in letter size.
Prescripts Cursive Passages and Illuminations: American Documents George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, The Missouri Compromise, and The Gettysburg Address can all be found here among other great speeches and documents from American history. Longer selections are divided into parts so as not to exhaust or exasperate the student, remembering that we want a high quality, not quantity of work.
Notice the progression from letters to words to sentences to passages? Each book builds on the previous book.
As a family, I see us using two of the books this year. The first book for my second oldest little (age 5), who learned print last year, and the second book for my oldest little (age 7), who learned cursive last year. I’m happy to keep our handwriting lessons streamlined, simple, and classical. It’s important to note that these books are reproducible within your own family, so it is possible to use one book over many years with your little scholars. Isn’t that great? I love simple, classical, and cost saving!
Click on the links above to view sample pages of each book.
And guess what? I’m excited to announce that in addition to giving me a copy of the Prescripts books to review myself, Classical Conversations has also generously given me one set of the four Prescripts books to giveaway. You may enter to win below. The contest will end Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:00am, with the winner being announced on Monday, July 1, 2013. If the winner cannot be reached within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected and contacted. Happy entering, everyone!
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