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A-Z Homesteading Cursive High School Penmanship Grades 7-12 (e-book)

By Jonathon Dunlap
By Joy Marie Dunlap
Light Home Publications

A-Z Homesteading Cursive: High School Penmanship Grades 7-12 was written by Jonathon Dunlap when he was 13 years old. Jonathon Dunlap is the son of Joy Marie Dunlap, who has developed many other penmanship e-books for homeschool use.

This e-book is a 33-page PDF document. Once you have downloaded it to your computer, you will need Adobe Reader to open the e-book and print it. It is designed for junior and senior high school students who need to refine their traditional cursive and develop smaller handwriting. The e-book is fully reproducible; you can print it as many times as you need for your own family use.

Because our family has recently moved to the country, I found the topic of this penmanship e-book quite interesting. Each of the 26 pages contains a paragraph on a topic related to homesteading, self-sufficiency, and rural living. The paragraph is written in traditional cursive, and lines are provided to copy the paragraph in cursive. This e-book is completely designed for copywork and does not include any tracing pages.

The e-book is illustrated with charming clip art that complements the subject matter. It is informative, and well written. However, we found the lines provided for copying to be even smaller than college-ruled paper. It is a very small space that requires concentration on the part of the student. This difficulty, combined with the longer paragraphs of text to copy, make it difficult to complete a page each day. I would recommend breaking each page into shorter sections to complete over a 2- or 3-day period. Students who are prone to hand-cramps may find this space limitation too difficult. Those students may need to use notebook paper instead of the lines provided for copywork.

A-Z Homesteading Cursive is a good value, especially if you plan more than one day for each page of penmanship practice. The reproducible license makes it an even better value!

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

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