Italic is a modern handwriting system based on enduring classic letter forms that were first developed in Italy and then later used in England and Europe.
A lot of people think that the Italics handwriting series is about cursive writing which is not accurate.
This handwriting course starts a student at the very beginning of handwriting presuming they have not yet written, and introducing the alphabet along the way. The book starts with simple large print on the early worksheets and guides them with arrows showing the direction the hand must go to form the shapes, letters, numbers in manuscript, simple print format, and then it develops and builds on with the lines getting narrower and letters smaller. It is progressive, starting with book A for the beginner writer. By the time the student reaches book G they are introduced to calligraphy.
Throughout the workbooks there are interesting facts included such as the history of the alphabet and other specific themes of interest. The emphasis however is to train the hand to write neatly and parents find it helpful to their children to have a workbook which does not require much teaching instruction because it is more about practise and exercise. So the parent can tell their child to go and do a page of italics whereby the student can have a ‘self study’ book to work through on their own.
Also included are self correction blocks whereby a student can measure their own level of success by doing the comparison exercise in the block. There is a parent manual which informs you about the course and how to get the most out of it. We have never found this manual to be of great importance but parents who have brought it are pleased with what it has offered them. ?So how do you know if you should have this handwriting series or not?
We like to keep things simple here in Oikos so that you do not have to have resources which are unnecessary. For example, our daughter had immaculate handwriting and trying to move her across to cursive did not go well, as it interfered with her neat manuscript handwriting. There are also handwriting development opportunities throughout LLATL, but if you notice that your child’s handwriting is getting untidy and you feel you could use a resources which will help them with this, then that is what this handwriting series is about.
You may be wondering where to start in the series. Look at the sample pages on the books themselves on the site and you will be able to determine the level which is appropriate for your child.
People rave about this series and have loved it but we did not use it at all for our daughter as I already have shared with you. On the other hand, we have been through the whole series with other students, so we leave it up to you to decide what is best for your specific child’s needs.
After reviewing the many writing programmes that can be used by home educating (Homeschooling) families, we found this programme to be the best. As it is child directed, all that is required of the parent is for them to motivate and encourage their child as they progress through the books. Many home educators (Homeschoolers) that we know, who have used this programme, have all commented on the fact that their children’s handwriting has shown a marked improvement. This not only raises the confidence and esteem of the child, but also that of the parent.
Italic is a modern handwriting system based on enduring classic letter forms that were first developed in Italy and then later used in England and Europe. Contemporary Italic presents one simple lower case alphabet that is cursive in nature – the letters are based on an elliptical shape-conforming to natural hand movements, and requiring few lifts of the writing instrument.
These letter forms assist in the natural, rhythmic movement of the hand during writing, and fulfill the need of both legibility and speed.
Where to start…
Book A Is designed for the beginning reader and writer. It introduces the alphabet one letter per page, and includes lower case, capitals and numerals.
Book B Is a step along from the beginner writing skills, and your child will begin to write words and short sentences.
Book C Gradually begins to introduce cursive writing, and slowly takes your child from manuscript into cursive. This transition is very gradual and only becomes strongly emphasized near the end of the workbook.
Book D Offers further cursive writing opportunities to develop the skill and style of writing neatly.
Books E, F and G Progress in stages, slowly increasing the skills and introducing calligraphy.