With six children I’ve gone through a lot of different handwriting curriculum, but so far my favorite has been The Good and The Beautiful Handwriting curriculum! We discovered it for this school year and I purchased it almost on a whim. I love change, I love to try new things, and so it’s been working out really well!
So far all of my children have told me they love this new curriculum, and they all do it without grumbling. That’s a win to me!
There are six levels in this curriculum, and kindergarten or first grade starts in level 1.You can purchase these books in a PDF download so you can use them over and over again with your children, or you can purchase the books already printed with a nice cover.
I decided to do the printed books this year, but I kind of regret not purchasing the PDF downloads. These don’t take a lot of ink to print, so if you have a larger family the PDF download is a great option. If you purchase PDF’s and they just sit on your computer though, definitely get the printed version!
You can see a video I made of our children sharing what they like about this curriculum. You will hear Sophia screaming at the end of the video…I almost filmed it over again and just decided it’s real life and you will understand what it’s like to have a 2 year old in the house!
I started our kindergarten child in level 1 and it’s been the perfect fit this year. You learn all the letters, and towards the end of the book you start writing short words and sentences.
Our 2nd grade child is in level 3, which introduces some cursive. They are copying poetry, Bible verses, grammar rules, alphabetizing, and drawing.
I put our 4th and 6th grade children in level 4 together. Our 6th grade child is a boy who has never cared what his handwriting looks like. I wanted him to really get a good foundation in cursive, instead of rushing through it and to have something easier to enjoy this year. The handwriting books all have 100 pages in each one and I knew we could cover two books in one year.
At first glance the handwriting books may look simple and sweet – which they are. But these are actually different than a lot of other handwriting books out there as quite a few of the lessons include pictures to color or draw! There are beautiful pictures of children to color, and boxes below the handwriting lesson to draw assigned pictures.
Because my children all love art (thankfully they take after Sean in art, I can barely draw a stick figure!) they have really enjoyed this part of the handwriting curriculum. I’ve been thankful that it incorporates the art into handwriting. Consider this…if a child learns to slow down and draw a nice picture in handwriting, couldn’t that help him slow down in his writing assignments?
Do I expect perfection in my children in regards to handwriting? No I don’t. Partly because my mom had me work on handwriting from K-12th grade. I have a huge notebook of copywork assignments I did from Jane Austen, Shakespeare, the Bible, Poetry, etc from when I was in high school. I didn’t mind doing it, but I didn’t like feeling like I could never reach the desired goal. You can definitely read my handwriting but it’s not the most perfect, desired handwriting out there. I encourage my children to give their best, and at times I make them erase a page and do it over again. But I pick my battles and I’ve not chosen handwriting to be one of those battles.
If the handwriting curriculum you are using is not a good fit right now, try a new one! Don’t struggle through an entire school year with a handwriting book that your child hates, it’s an easy fix to switch to a different book! If your child is the artsy sort, chances are they will love this curriculum!
I also wanted to let you know that through November 11th, you can get the book list on the Good and the Beautiful website totally free! This has been a great resource, and will help you find wholesome, classic, moral books for your children to read! Go grab it here and print it off to keep your children busy reading!