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If you like to use copywork to reinforce phonics and handwriting you want to be sure to take a look at Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC. I have been using it with my kids and I would like to tell you more about it.
What is the ebook about
Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting is a 216-page ebook that serves as a guide for teaching kids to read. It is also a way to help your child improve his handwriting through copywork pages that reinforce each reading lesson. The ebook introduction provides guidance to help in teaching reading and writing.
The first lessons start out with letters in the alphabet. Then words with short sounding vowels are next. The lessons progress through all the phonics rules and exceptions to the rules. Once the main lessons are done then there are additional copywork sections for handwriting practice. In the back of the book starting on page 182 there is a section for penmanship practice that covers writing slanted letters, writing with italics, and a little bit of Caligraphy style writing.
How did we use the ebook
Since it is an ebook, I can have a copy on all my devices from my iPad to my computer. I only have to print off the sections that I need at the moment. The ebook also has an introduction on teaching your child to read using the book so it’s nice to be able to read it on the iPad. The end of the book also has pointers for fancy letter writing.
I have several boys who need both help with handwriting and reading. The book is great for both of these things. The book is set up to start with writing alphabets for children who are just learning their letters. Here is an example of one of the pages my son copied.
For my older sons I found sections to help them work on their spelling. I printed out the sections to help and put them in a folder.
Here is another sample lesson. You can see there is a lesson page and then there is a page of copywork to practice the lesson.
What did we think of the ebook?
I really appreciate the versatility of the Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook. The only thing I did not like was that some of the phonics exceptions are taught early on but that might be OK for most students. I used the ebook mostly for reading instruction and for writing practice. I liked the letter font used and that I could print out the copywork as much as I like. Best of all I liked that the ebook was phonics-based.
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