My Bubba is an emerging writing, and the boy’s handwriting is alllll over the place. I was eager to see if Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks would have a solution, and so I offered to review the Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad.
I was immediately impressed with the paper quality in the workbook. The pages are solid (60 lb) and would hold up to a fair amount of erasing, if needed. The paper is filled with rectangles, three blocks high. The bottom of the middle block is the base–the middle block is tinted green to make it easy to identify. The upper and lower blocks are for letters that go above or below your average lower case letter.
Bubba didn’t really like using these worksheets, but I think that’s because using them showed him that he was doing something wrong. Writing still takes him quite a long time, so I just had him write only his name each day–and it was so fun to watch him figure out how the different sized letters fit into the boxes.
Bubba is a little over halfway through a different handwriting program, so I asked for just the writing pad by itself, thinking it would be a good complement for what we were already doing. And it was–but it required so reteaching to fit the Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks and their method. If I had a do-over, I think I would start with My First Letters, which provides just a handful of repetitions of each letter. I think Bubba would have benefitted from practicing in this format a few times, and I would have had Sissy attempt the rest of the page.
Speaking of Sissy: she’s been very interested in attempting to write her name. She’s nearly two years younger than Bubba, but her fine motor skills have always been ahead of where his were at her age. She has totally mastered the shape of each of the letters in her name…but she struggles with remembering which direction they are supposed to face. I was really impressed with how she was able to copy the letters in her name on a worksheet from the Quick & Neat Alphabet pad. She’s got the sizing all wrong, but the visual cues from the worksheet helped her figure out how to orient the letters in the right direction