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Spencerian Penmanship (Theory Book plus five copybooks) [Paperback]

by Platt Rogers Spencer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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Book Description

February 1, 1985 088062096X 978-0880620963 Package
In the mid-1800's, the Spencerian form of penmanship became a standard. An elegant handwriting was much prized. Today, in our computer age, a fine, beautiful, and legible handwriting brings a warm personal touch to our correspondence. These books, 5 copybooks and a theory book (available separately or as a set), may be used to introduce cursive writing to second or third graders or to improve the handwriting of older students or adults.

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Spencerian Penmanship (Theory Book plus five copybooks) + Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy: A Step-by-Step Manual (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography) + Script and Cursive Alphabets: 100 Complete Fonts (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
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Product Details

  • Series: Spencerian Penmanship
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Mott Media; Package edition (February 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088062096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880620963
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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165 of 167 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real penmanship November 17, 2006
A wonderful set of books if you're serious about penmanship, or wanting to see what those super-flex nibs in your collection can really do. It's been a very, very long time indeed since I sat down with a ruled exercise book and copied letters in an uncertain hand, so this was a slightly surreal (and highly therapeutic) experience all round. You need to set aside some time in a quiet room to work through the exercises and read the theory thoroughly, but it's worth it. It's also a fascinating glimpse into long-vanished teaching methods. Recommended for anyone interested in calligraphy or acquiring the principles of a more elegant hand. Best approached with a very flexible nib and plenty of patience.
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167 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's never too late... September 15, 2008
I rub my greedy little teacher's hands together as I look at the booklets before me. Now I want a classroom set; now I want every student to have one. Yes, they are 10th graders, but it is never too late to have copperplate handwriting. They would scream in horror - no text-messaging this!!!

Oh, they are lovely little books. I'm going to learn from them, convince my principal that the expense is necessary, buy thirty sets, and inflict this new (yet classically antique and elegant) skill on my students!!!
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful writing March 28, 2011
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This set it not meant to be used as a penmanship course for students anymore, but... that's what I did. After looking through the available resources for my children, I didn't find anything that suited us. I have horrible handwriting, my husband's isn't much better, so legible, attractive penmanship was a high priority for us. I bought one set for each of my older children (now 8 and 9), and, when they showed me the appropriate dedication to their penmanship by consistently giving me neat print writing, we moved onto the first copybook.

It's taken about a year and a half to two years, but my oldest is now in copybook 5, and has the loveliest handwriting of any 9 year old I've ever seen. She'll be moving on to longer passages of copywork when she finishes the book, and she's more than prepared. She does all of her schoolwork in Spencerian. We did have to adjust some of the letters (for example, I believe the "p" doesn't connect at the bottom... that would've made it difficult for a modern reader to read, so we had her connect it), but, overall, they use the letters as written, and it works well.

With my son, who is 8, it's taking a bit longer, but he is also very proud of his penmanship, and rather determined to improve it, so I don't worry about how long it's taking him.

We do homeschool, however, and have plenty of time to spend on penmanship at this stage. I plan on using Spencerian for the cursive penmanship course for the rest of my children.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
As a Civil War re-enactor / living historian, this collection of writing books featuring the Spencerian system of penmanship is a valuable body of original books/pamphlets that was originally printed in 1874. Spencerian writing, however, was in practice more than twenty years before and is perfect for one who takes living history and re-enacting seriously. Spencerian penmanship was THE style of the 19th century and chances are, if you have had the opportunity to see original (or copies of original) letters and documents of the time, this is the style of penmanship in which it was probably written.
As "postmaster" of the 21st Michigan Civil War Re-enactors Unit and the Michigan Soldiers Aid Society (MSAS - also Civil War era), I ask that our membership write letters to one another on period replica stationary. Unfortunately, the fact that we are 21st century people living our modern everyday lives reflects in the style in which we write. Now that I have these wonderful guides, I hope my fellow members in both units will take the time to learn to write in an authentic style. The winter months will give us time for practice.
I plan to make photo copies of the pages as to not ruin my originals, and I would suggest to the learner that they do the same.
A very fine collection of guide books to help us learn a lost art.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic price for a high value tool March 20, 2013
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I bought this set for my homeschool freshman son, wanting to get back to the basics of excellent handwriting. Having homeschooled two other children through high school who, despite being urged to do handwriting of some sort every school year through 10th - 11th grades, consistently balked at learning how to write manuscript. I'm sorry I didn't make it more of a requirement than an option.

I've noticed, and had confirmed my by other parents, both homeschooled and "regular" school, that there has been a significantly decreasing emphasis on this skill in the past 15 - 20 years.

I'm determined that my youngest will have this skill well developed when he graduates.

One key reason for this is that the older two students, one now a college senior, recognized their own folly upon going to college. Their lack of proficiency with manuscript, they've come to realize, just slows them down with note taking, in writing answers to essay questions on tests, etc.

Another reason for proficiency with this skill becomes apparent when its time for students to prepare for college, if they're intention is to attend one. Inability to use manuscript proficiency, some studies have consistently shown, results in a lower score on essay answers.

A lot of homeschool parents are "curriculum" junkies, so a lot of us have extensive collections of materials. I've had very many handwriting materials over the years and I find that the Spencerian set is the best one I've ever seen.

Skills are broken down into easily comprehensible and focused sections, requiring a small time investment for each. This makes use of the system much more likely; learning and practicing skills is not burdensome. The language employed is engaging and direct.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The basics and great practice to teach yourself calligraphy.
Learning calligraphy and penmanship is VERY different than HANDWRITING that we do on a daily basis. Calligraphy is truly an art, using different ways to form letters and requires... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Queen Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun
This really help to develop penmanship, it is interesting and well worth the cost, it is almost like calligraphy. get yours now.
Published 8 days ago by rly3065
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need.
Superb, concise and everything you need to improve your hand writing.

I bought these books to improve my hand writing since although I am 19 years old I have the hand... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars SO far this is great.
Although i will agree with one of the reviewers statements that there is some "archaic language" contained in the Theory book, I do not really see this as an issue because... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John W. Bloodworth III
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple way to learn the script
I am really enjoying learning the script through these copybooks even though it is so simple. It takes me back to my school days when we practiced cursive, which I thoroughly... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marie R.
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
I wanted to clean up my handwriting a bit and this did the trick. not for someone looking for a modern quick fix though.
Published 2 months ago by Adeline
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good!!
still using it i like it i hope i can learn something at the end practice mades perfect
un libro bueno
Published 2 months ago by JR
4.0 out of 5 stars Spencerian Penmanship /Theory Book + 5 copybooks
Very good system for improving your handwriting (If you stick to the system). Which was difficult for me to stick to. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dave W_da_219er
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To 3rd Grade Penmanship Class
when I was in the 3rd grade, they still did penmanship. your handwriting was still important. ever since they stopped doing that, I have never improved. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Was requested on recipient's gift list as he did not receive proper penmanship instruction in elementary school. Read more
Published 3 months ago by totallymomma
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