Rod and Staff Penmanship

 

Penmanship for Christian Writing Series

  Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4
Manuscript Strokes

Straight lines
Vertical
Horizontal

Slants
Left
Right

Circle
Part circle

Basics in writings:
Ovals
Ups and downs
Cursive strokes

How letters are made from strokes

Undercurves

Overcurves

Slants

Round and sharp tops

Round and sharp bottoms

Double curves

Loops

Retraces

(Review)

Letters

Stick letters
Capital: E,F,H,I,L,T
Small: l,i,t

Slant letters
Capital: A,K,M,N,V,W,K,Y,Z
Small: k,v,w,x,y,z

Circle Letters
Capital: O,Q
Small: o,a,b,d,g,q,p

Part-circle letters
Capital: C,D.G,B,J,P,R,S,U
Small: c,e,n,m,f,j,r,s,u

The Alphabet (Review)

Numerals

Stick
1,4

Slant
7

Circle
0,6,9

Part-circle
2,3,5,8

Slant

Numeral (Review)

Joining, Spacing

Letters
Small
Capital

Words

Letters
Manuscript
Cursive

Proportion

Slant

Importance of quality

Margins

Qualities

Spacing

Posture

Paper placement

Letter height

Correct form

Pencil holding

Alignment

The Alphabet

How cursive strokes are used to make capitals

(Review)

Cursiving Writing

 

Introducing slant

Alphabet
Overcurve letters
Undercurve letters
Loop letters:
• Lower
• Upper
• Reverse
• Beginning
Letters with stems
Letters with ovals

(Review)

Difficult letters

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The Penmanship for Christian Writing in Grade 1 includes 150 lessons and is organized into 5 units, not all of equal length. A 367-page hardcover teacher's guide shows a reduced pupil's page and gives detailed teaching instructions for each lesson.

The formation of each of the capital and small manuscript letters and numerals is taught. The major goal for Grade 1 is: by the end of the year the children should have manuscript writing and numerals well established both in theory and in practice. The children should also know (1) how letters are composed of strokes; (2) how to write their names; (3) how to write words in sentences and space correctly between them; (4) how to get letters in proper proportion and at the proper height.

The penmanship course in Grade 2 is composed of 60 lessons in one workbook with tearout pages, and a 157-page teacher's guide that shows a reduced pupil's page and gives detailed teaching instructions for each lesson. It reviews the formation of each of the capital and small manuscript letters and the numerals; then it progresses to teaching slant print. The slant print strokes are taught first, followed by the slant print small and capital letters, and numerals. Pupils print many sentences using slant print letters. Slant print is taught as an introduction to cursive writing.

The penmanship course in Grade 3 is composed of 60 lessons in one workbook with tearout pages, and a 149-page teacher's guide that shows a reduced pupil's page and gives detailed teaching instructions for each lesson.

Good penmanship is a mark of Christian carefulness and courtesy because writing that is difficult to read is not appreciated. Good penmanship is necessary for good communication and is an aid to efficiency because well-written messages are far less time consuming to read than those poorly written. Good penmanship will affect students' attitudes for doing their best work. It will also leave a good testimony for your school program because penmanship is the first thing that impresses the critical eye, before the quality of work done is apparent. The main emphasis of Grade 4 is perfecting the students' cursive handwriting.

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