Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting from Everyday Education, LLC, through Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for a honest review.
I've always loved calligraphy so I was excited for my sons and I to try it using Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting from Everyday Education, LLC. This is an ebook that has 218 pages and 60 phonics lessons. It not only helps teach phonics, but also is helpful in teaching how to write, which is perfect for beginning learners. Children learn by tracing the letters first, then the lessons can be used for copywork or dictation for older learners. I very much enjoyed the advice at the beginning of the book, explaining the importance of posture and placement in writing and penmanship. Each lesson is built upon the previous lesson, so it is good to do these lessons in order. The ebook also teaches about word families, and is a wonderful tool for practicing spelling in later lessons.
The lessons are meant to be no more than 10 or 15 minute for each area, and can be spread out throughout the week. There are areas where you and your child can review, introduce a new sound or word, do copywork or trace, practice and read. The copywork includes some quotes, scripture and also The Night Before Christmas story. I am really excited for my boys to do the copywork on that as it gets closer to Christmas. The author does an amazing job of talking you through the lessons in the ebook, and each lesson progresses nicely into the next one. There is helpful information offered, especially if you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooling family.
My sons enjoyed that the inital lessons included cute illustrations with the tracing pages, especially my youngest who is five years old. Once your child knows the inital lessons on the alphabet and how to write the letters, the lessons get into learning words and then learning sentences. I loved that there were word families lists! My oldest child who is seven years old, and I went through these lists to see which words he knew and which words he still needed help on learning. I then had him do the copywork for the words he didn't know to help him recognize the word and how to pronunce it for next time. After these grammatical lessons are learned, the end of the book shows how to write in italics. I think older children and even adults would enjoy learning how to do this.
Even though this ebook is meant to be for elementary learners; because of the italics learning lessons, it really can be used by multiple age levels. The fact that it is verstile for many learners, and the wonderful advice mentioned in the book makes this is a very easy and simple phonics program for both parent and child. My family and I very much enjoyed the lessons in the book, and are looking forward to completeing the rest of the lessons. We would definitely recommend as a supplement to phonics learning.
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