For five years, our girls have enjoyed learning handwriting with
the Getty-Dubay Italic program, and we are so pleased with the
program's simplicity and with their beautiful cursive handwriting.
For this reason, it is quite exciting to be able to review a product
that is designed to complement this program!
This thirty-six page book is soft-cover and staple-bound, and
while it is not a Getty-Dubay publication, it does utilize that
style of writing in its models. The subtitle is "Learning Science Through Handwriting" which
is the theme of all the handwriting lessons. The book assumes understanding
of all Italic cursive handwriting techniques, so its purpose
is to provide additional meaningful practice. Rather than practice
with just ordinary sentences, this book provides an opportunity
to learn or review scientific concepts in a unique way. The book
is set up to provide twelve weeks of lessons based on eleven
scientific principles with an additional week for review:
First Law of Thermodynamics
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Newton's 1st Law
Newton's 2nd Law
Newton's 3rd Law
Newton's law of universal gravitation
Kepler's 1st Law
Each week's lesson follows a consistent
pattern, with lessons broken up into five-day segments, with
appropriate lines for the cursive handwriting to be done below
the model. In some cases the writing is done line by line below
the model, and in others the writing is done in a full paragraph
below the whole paragraph model. On day one, the full text of
a scientific principle is the model for copying. On day two,
the common definition for that same principle is provided for
copying, which provides a simpler wording of the actual principle.
Day three provides a description of a practical example of the
principle for that day's
copywork. Timed practice of the common definition is scheduled for day four.
Day five is an optional lesson of timed dictation on separate paper. This
pattern continues for eleven weeks, with a five-day review lesson
set up for week twelve.
The book begins with a single page of introduction and instruction
about its use, followed by a page of Italic cursive letter
samples for reference. In the back of the book are eight pages
of blank lined pages, perfect for Italic handwriting practice
or for the dictation exercises in each week's lesson.
The very last page of the book has a bibliography of all science resources
used for the lessons.
This program offers lessons in a consumable book format that can be used
in numerous ways. It would be an excellent complement to a related science
program, providing relevant copywork, but even if the program is used outside
of science, the lessons will be interesting and informative. Since we are
still using Getty-Dubay books for our primary handwriting lessons, I will
be using Italic Science as a supplement. We may take more than one week
to complete a week's worth of
lessons, which means the twelve weeks of lessons could be stretched out into
twenty-four weeks or more. In future years, when our primary handwriting lessons
are complete, Italic Science (or other similar titles the author offers) might
be used as our replacement program to provide ongoing practice.
At first I wondered why I would use a program like Italic
Science for ongoing
practice. . . why not just practice handwriting within the context of regular
schoolwork? I've come to the conclusion that spending a few minutes in the
day on careful copying of exact Italic models is preferable, and will encourage
full-time and natural use of the handwriting technique. Because the models
in Italic Science are written in a font that models correct Italic handwriting,
the student copies not just the words, but the exact style, and this is what
sets it apart.