Thursday, January 28, 2010

Presidential Penmanship – Italic Style

TOS Crew Review
Product: Presidential Penmanship – Italic Style (CD) Complete Program
Publisher: Zeezok Publishing
Price: $39.99

*I received this product from this company (for free), for the purpose of sharing my opinion.*

Description from the Website:

“Originally released as an eBook, this Complete Program CD contains handwriting practice pages in a font similar to the Italic writing style for first grade through senior high. Print what you need, when you need it. Using presidential quotes and speeches along with famous documents from American history, Presidential Penmanship seeks to enlighten students on the principles of our nation's founding and history while reinforcing character qualities of good citizenship. Great for memorization or discussion as well as penmanship practice.”

Our Observation:

The CD comes in a colorful case. All I had to do was place the CD into my computer and get a look at all the documents which were included. You can print out any pages you like, from any grade level.

1. Grade One book is 75 pages long. There are 36 quotes, for 36 weeks of lessons. These consist of two worksheets per lesson. Sample Quote: "I have never been hurt by what I have not said." - Calvin Coolidge

2. Grade Two book is 75 pages long. It contains 36 lessons. Sample Quote: "He who knows best knows how little he knows." -Thomas Jefferson

3. Grade Three book is 111 pages long. It contains 108 lessons. Sample Quote: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

4. Grade Four book is 109 pages long. It contains 108 lessons. Sample Quote: "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do." - Thomas Jefferson

5. Grade Five book is 109 pages long. It contains 53 lessons. The Student will copy selected passages from George Washington’s Rule of Civility and Decent Behavior.

6. Grade Six book is 112 pages long. It contains 108 lessons. Sample Quote: "Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow." - Calvin Coolidge

7. Junior High book is 111 pages long. The Student will copy selected passages from: “The Declaration of Independence, Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Address, The Gettysburg Address, and Reagan's First and Second Inaugural Address."

8. Senior High book is 111 pages long. It contains 108 lessons. These start from small passages and end with very large passages to copy. Sample Quote: "My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty. . . it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein." - George Washington

Overall Impression:

I really enjoyed this program. My children worked diligently with each quote and did a great job. I love the idea of all these wise words getting into my children’s minds as they practice their Italic Handwriting.

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Debbie J said...

I was shocked this week to hear one of my bosses state that the public schools here do not teach cursive handwriting any more, much less penmanship. Its not on the end of grade tests, so they don't have time to teach it. Everything is done to pass the eog tests.

You have some great homeschooling ideas!

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