- 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: 9.5 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Spencerian method depends on a decent-sized writing desk or table with ample room to "sit properly" as the theory book will explain in detail. It will be difficult to use Spencerian script in casual setting if you are holding a notepad in one hand and the pen in another. (You would have to master "whole-arm movement" first, and even then it gets tricky.)
Good penmanship will only come if you commit to holding and wielding the pen in a way that is very counterintuitive for people of this day and age, and it will take a lot of effort and a little discomfort to do it correctly while still being able to relax the muscles you are using and not get cramped up. If you are serious about adopting this method, bite the bullet. It's very doable with practice. But you have to be willing to keep yourself from lazily resting your hand on the page at all, and only letting your ring finger and little finger skim the surface of the page. If you only want to copy what the letters look like without using the right muscular movements, then this style will be a lot more difficult, tiring and forced than it needs to be. In short, it won't be the real deal, and you will probably get discouraged over time. There are plenty of free examples of Spencerian letters for those who aren't interested in learning the right technique.
The paper in these bindings is truly subpar for the kinds of pens and inks they were originally intended for, but don't let that discourage you unless you are genuinely purist and don't have the time to make your own practice sheets.Read more ›
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.
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!!!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great believer of repetition as a learning tool. Workbooks are invaluable. As soon as I can read what I write, I will repostPublished 11 days ago by G.Ganz
I purchased this because I wanted a workbook to learn Spencerian, as it is such a beautiful writing style. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
It is like being back in grade school. Very specific with instructions on how to hold your hand position and other nerdy information like that. I am enjoying the lessons.Published 23 days ago by Dirtt
These are fantastic little copybooks that I was really excited to try out. I am a lefty trying to learn to write with my right hand (because calligraphy instruction for lefties is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tori
Good resource for learning spencerian writing. However the paper for the practice pads is not very compatible with fountain pens. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this. Very in depth and perfect for those of us that have terrible penmanshipPublished 2 months ago by Kurtiss
I am a 29 year old guy who was home schooled and frankly I never studied or cared about hand writing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by thomas l stewart