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A Reason For Handwriting, Kindergarten: Kindergarten Student Workbook Paperback – May 30, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0936785370 ISBN-10: 0936785373

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  • Series: Reason for Handwriting
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Concerned Communications (May 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936785373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936785370
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. Evans on June 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am using A Reason for Handwriting K with my 4 year old daughter. It is working pretty well for us. It is a traditional, "ball and stick" type of handwriting program.

The workbook starts off with a short introduction to basic pencil strokes - circles, diagonal lines, etc. It then introduces the beginning writer to proper way to write the different letters of the alphabet, both upper and lower-case. It uses the concept of a treehouse to teach children how big or little to make the letter (ie. a capital "D" touches the roof of the treehouse, while a lower-case "a" does not).

Unlike the other workbooks in this series, this one does not have the children copying scriptures. Instruction is limited to writing the letters. One of the best features of this workbook are the coloring pages. As each letter is introduced, there is a corresponding picture of an animal or object that begins with that letter of the alphabet. My daughter enjoys coloring the pictures, and it is good motivation for her to try her best.

I do recommend this book. We have found it pretty easy to use, although probably helps that my daughter has about a year of previous handwriting practice. If your child gets easily frustrated, you might want to look into the Handwriting Without Tears series instead. This one is working for us and I like the emphasis on scripture that is found in the more advanced workbooks.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Reed on September 24, 2009
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I bought the "K" or Kindergarten version of A Reason for Handwriting "Featuring Scripture Verses and Outreach", because I had hoped the lessons would be based on "scripture verses and outreach" as it says on the cover -- something like Worktext "A" is, but for younger kids.
It looks like a fine workbook, with great illustrations, but I am disappointed that the "K" version of the book doesn't have the content it says it has. I can get similar content for free on the internet.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By momof3 on January 15, 2011
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This is the second time I've used this book to teach handwritting. I recommend it often to others. It is simple, straight-forward and just the right amount of writting for a kindergardener. I've tried teaching handwriting out of the many discount store books, but I've gone back everytime to this series. It provides clear directions and has a thorough progression to writting the letters without being boring. I also own the teachers manual with this series. I especially liked to use the teachers manual with the K level because it tells something about the animals the student has one his page for the day. Great series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Owens on May 17, 2011
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I chose A Reason for Handwriting because I liked the idea of building up to copying a memory verse each week. It sounded like a good way to incorporate some memory work into our homeschooling week. Well, I guess I should've realized that this starts in the Level A book, not K. The Kindergarten work text is only letter practice, with some whole word practice (animal names) near the end of the book. No verse copying or pretty border pages at all.

This is a little confusing since, if you go to ARFH's website, they show samples from each work text and the K sample shows a border page (which led me to assume there'd be a verse to copy on some days). There are no border pages in this book, at all.

That said, the quality of this book is very nice, kid-friendly pictures and plenty of letter practice room. It's just not what I thought it'd be...and for the price, (since I didn't get the whole program, just the workbook) I could've just bought regular handwriting paper or a cheap-o book from a big box store for 1/3 of the price.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nathan C. Gough on November 11, 2007
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My wife says that this is a good book, but it is "a little slow", as in it has pre-school material in it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Boggess on June 22, 2010
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This handwriting book was fun for my daughter. There is plenty of room for practice and a picture to go along with each letter being learned. Not only did she learn how to write her letters correctly we also learned a little about each animal that was pictured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie on August 25, 2008
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My kids love this book, my 5 year old is looking forward to doing it a second time. It is perfect for pre-K and Kindergarten. Not too much for one sitting, and a coloring page on the back. We use this as our special coloring page to try our hardest to stay in the lines and be as neat as possible, which is really the whole idea of handwriting as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Wongjanarat on September 24, 2013
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I am a homeschooling Mom and have been homeschooling for two years now. Have been trying different curriculum during this time to see what works so I can find something to stick with. For Handwriting, this is going to be what sticks for us after having tried two or three other major handwriting curriculum. For me this both works and is appealing for kids. Some have complained that there is no verse writing in K but I don't see that as a problem. The K program is just preparing the child for the next six levels which will all feature scripture verses. The only complaint I have found is that the K workbook is not very long and may not cover a full school year. You may need to buy some handwriting paper for extra practice and to review what is learned. Also, it is very important to purchase the teachers manual with this. The manual covers all levels, so you only need to buy this once. It provides special teacher instruction as well as sections to read aloud to your student about the animal that they will color that corresponds with the letter. My daughter really enjoyed listening to these readings while she colored her animal.
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