Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Our Cursive Practice Binder~

I just finished our cursive practice binder that our youngest will probably be using often this summer since it remains one of his goals to be able to write in September almost exclusively with cursive handwriting. 

I found an inexpensive cursive handwriting book at Borders  ( Handwriting Cursive by School Specialty Publishing- 3.99) and had taken out the pages and placed them all in sheet protectors.  I have my youngest try these first with a copy before, just to be sure there were no sensory issues, since he wasn't used to using these for practice. They worked just fine. 

I placed the sheets in a binder and used the first page of the book I had picked up for our cover on the binder.

I then went through and added pages I thought would be helpful for him including creating a page for him to practice his signature. 

I think this will work very nicely and he also liked how he could practice on the page protectors before going to work in his composition book that I wrote about earlier in another post. 

I will most likely be adding many more pages for his practice, but for now this should work just fine. 

Happy Cursive Handwriting~ ! 

Summer Reading ~ "Warriors Series" and something else too~

My almost 14 yo is absolutely hooked on the Warrior Series by Erin Hunter ( that actually turns out to be three authors in one, and Erin Hunter is the "pen name") ~ he had been introduced to this series from another homeschooler and was not sure if he would like it because it was about "cats".  He gave it a try anyway since he enjoyed the Seekers series so much.
Can I just say he loves it!
Now moving on my younger son really liked how his brother would explain about the story and really wanted to read this himself, he isn't quite there yet~ as the reading level is a bit more than I would want him to tackle at this point~ but today a friend on Facebook ( thank you Rhonda :)  ) really helped me out~ we had been talking about summer reads and the author James Patterson.
She gave me a link to a program that he has been working on called ReadKiddoRead.
It lists some great books and in looking at the transitional book section I found:

Catwings by Ursula LeQuin
It looks perfect for my guy and is a series as well~ we will try this one for sure!
I love the website and will refer back to it often~ be sure and check it out!

Happy Reading~

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