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A-Z I Like Animals Trace Manuscript Penmanship (e-book)

By Joy Marie Dunlap
Light Home Publications

A-Z I Like Animals Trace Manuscript Penmanship was written and designed by Joy Marie Dunlap. She began designing penmanship e-books when she and her daughter could not find penmanship books that suited them. Mrs. Dunlap enjoys designing materials for preschool and young school-age children, and that is evident in the care taken to create this quality product.

A-Z I Like Animals e-book is a PDF document containing 83 pages of traditional manuscript tracing pages and activities with an animal theme. Once you have downloaded it to your computer, you will need Adobe Reader to open the e-book and print it. This e-book is designed for beginning writers and readers, ages 4 through 7. It is fully reproducible, and you can print it as many times as you need for your family.

In this e-book, you will find:

* 14 mazes to help young children learn to control the pencil
* 26 A-Z animal coloring pages
* 48 letter and word tracing pages

The e-book begins with the mazes and capital letter tracing pages. The worksheets are grouped by similar letter shapes. Next are the lowercase letter tracing pages, again grouped by similar letter shapes. The letters are taught in order from easiest to hardest. Once the children have the letter forms down, they begin to trace words and eventually move on to tracing sentences.

The animal coloring pages are realistic drawings, and the tracing pages are clear. There is no copywork in this e-book; it is completely traceable text. The traceable text makes it perfect for those just beginning to write or for distractible children who lose their place in the copywork process.

My 5-year-old son has found the letters to be a good size for tracing, and he enjoys the mazes and coloring pages. He doesn't complete a whole page each day, because the pages are rather long. The coloring pages make a nice reward for him when he finishes a letter page.

My favorite thing about this penmanship e-book is that it is completely reusable. I can reprint difficult pages for my child, and I can print the whole thing again for future children, making this curriculum a great value.

Product review by April Elstrom, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, June 2009

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