Monday, August 30, 2010

Peterson Directed Handwriting

Last summer, when we first started homeschooling second grade, my son begged me to teach him cursive handwriting.  It was the only thing that he insisted we learn.   I purchased a  handwriting curriculum, and we began to learn.  This year we were given Peterson Directed Handwriting to review.  At first, I thought that this wasn’t going to help us because Cole knows how to write in cursive, but then we started and I found out that we didn’t know as much as we should have. 


Peterson Directed Handwriting is a very unique handwriting curriculum established in 1908 that focuses first on the controlled movement in a rhythmic manner with the aid of our voice.  This way we can master the movements even before we begin to write on paper. 

With our curriculum last year, it focused on the form, shape and slant so much that it drove us both crazy.  It was trace this or that and for my son became so tedious that he quickly dreaded it and for me I became frustrated because he would find every excuse not to do his handwriting.  With Peterson it wasn’t like that, we were able to print a worksheet for each letter and quickly move through the letters. 

The first thing that we were taught was how to finger trace and by creating a game out of it, it was easier to teach.  Another thing that we learned was that as a leftie Cole didn’t have the paper in the proper position.  So I tried to teach him the correct way to hold the paper and Cole told me that it was harder this new way.  I keep trying to teach him the correct way, however I may have to give up on it, because he just resists too much. 

I used the PDF by Hand Cursive step 1 first to learn the basic movements and review the letters the Peterson way.  It has 81 pages that include the steps to learn the rhythm and four basic movements for the letters.  I then moved on to PDF by Hand Cursive step 2 it has 59 pages and gives you “sequenced movement practice for cursive letters and words.”

Both of these are e-books that were designed to work with a digital tablet.  We don’t have a digital tablet, so we printed a worksheet a day and moved through the lessons at our own pace.  They are in color, but if you don’t have a color printer it can be printed in black and white.  They are individually priced at $19.95.   But if you wanted the PDF by Hand full version, which includes the note pad (digital tablet), picture pad, On Your Mark Game, Print step 1-3, Cursive step 1-4, and Word Masters 3 and 4.  All for $125.  I recommend that you contact Rand at Peterson Directed Handwriting for the best fit.

One of the unique features of Peterson’s is that they offer a series of handwriting webinars at no extra charge for those who register.  I found the few times that I “sat in” on the webinar with Rand, I found him extremely informative and helpful.  They also have a wide variety of tools from pencils and position guides to textbooks and training classes. 

I do believe that if we had started with Peterson Directed Handwriting it wouldn’t have been as much a struggle to learn cursive handwriting, and I also believe that he would handled it much better.  Cole said that he liked Peterson better than the one last year, but he doesn’t particularly like that we have to learn everything over.  I reminded him that this time we were doing it the correct way.  




I am a member of  TOS Homeschool Crew and receive free products and services in an exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  My reviews will always reflect my honest opinions, findings, beliefs, and experiences on the products and services that I receive.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Schoolhouse Expo


It's back to homeschool time and registration is open for the online Schoolhouse Expo, October 4-8. It's five days of top homeschool speakers, fellowship, and fun door prizes.
Save $5 per ticket! Register between August 16 and midnight August 22, and you'll pay only $19.99. Plus you'll receive over $200 in free E-Books.

You’ll be inspired by speakers including:  Zan Tyler, Dr. Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright,Carol Barnier, Diana Waring, Todd Wilson, Davis Carman, Kim Kautzer, Lee Binz, and many more! 

A special teen track is planned--the entire family will definitely want to listen to these special sessions. They've also planned a special focus on a topic that touches every homeschool--writing. Plus, an array of other topics that will inform and inspire you throughout your homeschooling years.

Don't forget, MP3 copies of each session comes with your LIVE event ticket.

There are two special preconference shows on August 24 and September 21 with Dr. Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright, and Kim Kautzer. 

The theme this fall is “Celebrate Homeschooling” We're going to celebrate the unique blessings of homeschooling, the beginning of another school year, our families, and the freedom to tailor our children's education to best meet their needs.

If you cannot make the Live event,  then the October Expo To Go is just your ticket! You'll reserve MP3s from all of the workshops. This week only, pay just $14.95!

You can visit either of these links to get more information.


Disclosure: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I will be receiving free tickets to the Expo in exchange for this post.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Most Amazing Planner!!


Are you an organized person?

Do you have all important household or homeschool information in one place?

Do you go to stores hoping that you will find one planner that will help you organize, plan, and budget your home, only to leave the store either frustrated because you haven’t found the one you wanted or you have purchased yet another planner that will fall short of your expectations because it doesn’t do what you want?

Then The 2010 Schoolhouse Planner is just what you need!


The Old Schoolhouse is a trusted source for Homeschooling and The Schoolhouse Planner is no exception!!

The Schoolhouse Planner isn’t just a planner, it is a unique customizable tool that ensures you have everything you need to keep you organized and savvy!

How you ask? 

By giving you unlimited access to wonderful printouts in every category needed to keep your home and home school running smoothly. 



For the Homeschool it offers

  • Assignment and Attendance charts
  • Monthly, weekly, and daily calendars and schedule pages
  • Journaling worksheets
  • Report cards
  • Activities and field trip logs
  • and MUCH MORE!

Wait a minute you say…“I don’t Homeschool”

That’s OK!  With this planner it doesn’t matter!  It will help you organize ALL IN ONE PLACE!  Or maybe two or three depending on how you want to do it!

For the Home it offers

  • Meal planning- helps you save money and includes lots of savory recipes throughout the year.
  • Car Maintenance schedule
  • Chore charts for you and your children
  • Budget worksheets
  • Bible devotions
  • Garden planning sheets
  • The list goes on!!!


To think that is just a planner is an understatement.  It offers you so much, how you survived without it is mystery. 

In fact with 614 pages of forms, recipes, articles, and links there is no way you will be able to use it all in one year!  In fact I dare you to try!  You have never seen a planner like this in any store for this price!


Have you gotten yours yet? 

Go Now!  

It’s simple.

No waiting.

No trips to the store.

Just download and you can start organizing right away!

Download The 2010 Schoolhouse Planner for $39.00 or if you prefer a CD you can get that for $44.00 with free shipping.

Warning:  The 2010 Schoolhouse Planner does not include free tickets to Disney World, however it does offer a trip planning worksheet that will help you make your trip more organized and stress free.

*As an Independent Contractor for TOS, I have received a  free copy of The Schoolhouse Planner, so that I could participate in The Old Schoolhouse advertising campaign, which makes me eligible to receive a prize. No other compensation has been given to me.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Blog walk week 7 & 8

The thought of walking outside makes me weak in the knees.  Why?  Because it’s 90+ degrees outside.  It’s been like this all summer!  I don’t like it when it’s this hot so I’m going to hibernate for the rest of the summer! 

So do you know how I’m going to beat the heat?  I’m going to blog walk.  So grab your lemonade and let’s take a walk!

1. Closing Time
2. One Blessed Mamma
3. El Cloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet
4. Alive in Spirit
5. Ozark Rumblings
6. Army of 5
7. Fenced In Family
8. Debbie's Digest
9. Footprints in the Butter
10. Got Chai?

1. Ramblings from the Crazy House
2. Chicagoland Homeschool Network
3. Marine Corps Nomads
4. Faith, Family and Fun
5. Books and Bairns
6. Chatter, Clatter and Things That Matter
7. Canadianladybug Reviews!
8. Life at oak Grove
9. Home Sweet Home(school)
10. a glimpse of our life

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