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A Treasury of Bible Verses on Love (cursive penmanship e-book)

By Joy Marie Dunlap
LightHome Publications

Homeschoolers will find a bountiful treasury of copywork and Scripture when they purchase this e-book! A Treasury of Bible Verses on Love is a 73-page book of copywork for grades 4-9. It comes as an e-book in PDF format; after paying for it, you simply download it to your computer and print out what you need. It's immediately available, and you have no shipping charges! At the top of each page is a beautiful floral stained-glass illustration that can be colored. Next is a Bible verse on love, followed by the guidelines to copy it. At the bottom is a thought question about the verse, to be answered by the student on two or three guidelines below the question. For example, one verse is Philippians 2:3: "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each one regard one another as more important than himself." The question below is: "How should we regard one another?" There are 48 Bible verses, mostly from the New Testament and mostly familiar ones, including a verse that many homeschoolers love: "But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5)." How my heart was warmed to see this verse!

Twelve verse posters are interspersed in the pages; both the text itself and the illustrations can be colored. Your student can hang these posters on the wall or give them away. At the end of the book is a crossword puzzle as well as questions for thoughtful discussion about many of the verses. In the very front you'll find an essay, "Scripture Memorization Made Easy," in which the author encourages the parent with simple memorization techniques. The book is a wonderful source of verses for memorization. I think this book could be an excellent devotional tool, especially if you took the time to discuss the verses with your student.

And not only is this copybook immensely practical and usable, it's extremely beautiful as well. The stained-glass illustrations are the work of a marvelous artist. Although the illustrations are almost all floral (I did see a couple of birds as well), there is a lot of variety in the layouts and the pictures.

For cursive practice, the model sentences are in a basic cursive font.

It's not too slanted and not too loopy and is very easy to read. I think the amount of text on each page is about right for copying. One drawback might be that the guidelines are very small. They are even smaller than the model text. I found them a bit difficult to write on myself. This could be a hard for younger students. Note that there is no cursive instruction in this copybook.

How do you use this book? There are many ways to make it fit your school. You can print only the sheets you need as you need them. Another option might be to print them all out, store them in a folder, and hand them out as needed. You can also print them all and make them into a book, hole punching and inserting them into a report cover or binder or stapling them with a heavy-duty stapler. I printed mine on regular white printer paper, and it seems durable enough for writing and coloring. It seems to me that printing them all out at once is the best way to make sure you don't forget about them. I absolutely love the convenience of e-books and have downloaded many to my computer, but I do find that I forget about them if I don't print them right away.

This copybook is a very large file. Be patient when downloading, and make sure your Internet connection doesn't time out or "crash" or you'll have to start over. It took me several tries to get my copy downloaded, but it was worth the effort! I just love this copybook, and I know you will too.

Product review by Jennifer Loucks, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, August 2009

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