When I began my homeschooling journey, I quickly became overwhelmed with the amount of curriculum available. For some strange reason, I thought that in order to homeschool the “right” way, I would need to purchase expensive texts or subscriptions. Thankfully, I eventually realized that there isn’t a right or wrong way to homeschool your child and sometimes it is best to just keep things simple.
Before my son began kindergarten I purchased a popular handwriting program called Handwriting Without Tears (HWT). Although it wasn’t as expensive as some of our other curriculum, it was still an added expense that our single income family had to take into consideration. After completing the program, I felt a little let down. I had seen so many great reviews praising their methods, but in the end I just felt like it was okay.
Was it terrible? I wouldn’t go that far. However, was it worth the $20+ dollars I spent? Not really. I felt like there wasn’t enough room to practice each letter on the pages provided and the teachers manual was sooo lengthy. The manual did have decent content… it just had TOO much information and most of it seemed unecessary. It only took us about 3 months to complete HWT, so I decided to start finding more cost effective ways for my son to practice handwriting.
One of the things that really helped was thinking outside the box when it comes to writing. Who says you have to write with paper and pencil every single time? Use a chalk or dry erase board. Spray shaving cream on a baking pan and let your child practice writing using their finger! Take your children outdoors and let them use dirt and a stick to work on their manuscript. The possibilities are endless!
I also realized fairly quickly the large amounts of paper we were going through once we started home educating. One of the things I really recommend homeschooling parents purchase is a laminator. I found mine at Amazon for less than $40. Having a way to quickly laminate items at home allow us to reuse worksheets multiple times without pesky eraser marks all over the page. It also makes charts, flash cards and posters sturdy enough to last years! If you don’t have the ability to purchase a laminator, try placing worksheets in protective sheets made for binders! Works just as well 🙂
Eventually I began making my own worksheets and practice pages. Today, I am excited to share with you my printable Draw. Write & Learn Handwriting worksheets. Not only does it give children the opportunity to practice their writing, it also incorporates drawing and sight word recognition! Simply print out the pages and follow the instructions to begin!
* A list of 100 sight words
* Sentence Train wall or binder chart
* “Draw. Write. Learn.” reusable worksheet
* Certificate of Completion!
Draw. Write. Learn.
Your payment gives you access to printable handwriting practice pages. This activity is geared toward children ages 4-6.
What is your favorite handwriting curriculum? Does your child enjoy writing? Let me know down below 🙂