Patriotic Penmanship {a TOS review}

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One subject my son has always struggled with is penmanship.  He truly dislikes any writing in any form, however he did ask to learn cursive last year.  He did learn cursive and swiftly, because he wanted to, but even so he still resists writing now that the novelty of cursive has worn off.. 
 
What he does love is his American heritage.  So, even though we do reside in Canada, we were happy to receive Patriotic Penmanship Grade 4 (cursive), from Laurelwood Books.
 
Laurelwood Books is a Virginia based publisher.  At this online store you'll find homeschool books, CDs, DVDs, and curriculum.  In addition to the product they also offer help and advice to get you settled in your homeschool.
 
 
 
Patriotic Penmanship is more than just a book to copy down letters.  In this series, your students will read and write words from our forefathers, verses from Scripture, and hymnal stanzas.  The Patriotic Penmanship series covers all grades, from Kindergarten up through grade twelve.
 
In the Grade 4 level of Patriotic Penmanship there are 62 lessons, each containing words from our past.  There's Abe Lincoln, the Bible, old Primers, John Newton, Ronald Reagan and more.  Not all passages are serious.  I found Lesson 22 with Mark Twain to be humorous. 
 
"Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the principal one was that they escaped teething." Mark Twain in Pudd'nhead Wilson

The lessons are self-paced.  It is recommended that you (the teacher) read the provided quote, in full, to your child.  Then he or she works at his or her pace, with the goal of completing one lesson a week.
 
Each lesson begins with the full quote, framed, at the top.  Then the lesson is segmented into 4 or 5 parts.
 

The first part is the first line of the quote, shown in cursive, as an example. 
 
For the next 26 lessons there is a Letter Practice, with capital letter and lowercase letter practice.  After the alphabet review is complete, the lessons carry on with the rest of the 4 segments. 
 
Next is the cursive practice for Key Words found in the passage.
 
On the following page your student will practice the Word Pairs from the given passage.
 
Last your child will copy and practice the Full Quote.
 
Little extras:
 
Each lesson has vocabulary, shown at the bottom of the first lesson page.  In addition each lesson has the full alphabet provided as a reminder, shown at the bottom of the 2 page lesson spreads.
 
How we used this Patriotic Penmanship workbook
 
My 9 year old, as I said before, learned cursive about a year ago.  To keep up with his penmanship I like to have him practice a few times a week, but the thing is - he hates writing. 
 
With Patriotic Penmanship he chose how much he wanted, or didn't want to do, a given day.  Usually he'd be done in 3 days time, working maybe 5 to 10 minutes a day. 
 
We'd begin, on Day 1 with a new Lesson.  I'd read the entire given passage to him, then I'd hand him the book to work until he felt done.  We'd repeat throughout the week until his lesson was complete. 
 
Sometimes we'd talk more about a passage, whether it be words he didn't know (and I'd point out the vocabulary section) or sometimes we'd talk a bit about what the passage could mean.  This was especially so with Lesson 1, "Religion begat prosperity and the daughter devoured the mother.", Cotton Mather.
 
My Thoughts
 
I like that the student works at his or her own pace. 
 
The historical quotes are something I like since it can easily turn into a mini history lesson.
 
The only thing I'd like to see different is a spiral binding as with the spiral the pages would lay more flat and be easier to write on.
 
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