Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ZeeZok Publishers, Presidential Penmanship

ZeeZok publishing (the publishing arm of the company known commonly to homeschoolers as "The BookPeddler") provided a variety of items to the TOS Crew for review this year. Some Crew members received items from the "Great Musician Series" (Fun! Would have LOVED to check those out... might be on my "to buy" list), and others of us received one of the "Presidential Penmanship" programs.

My item to review was the Presidential Penmanship Italic Style Complete Program CD . ($39.99) The CD comes "complete" with the programs for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Jr. High, and Sr. High(available individually as e-books for $9.99 each) If you click on the above link, you can see what each individual program offers, as well as offering sample pages for you to check out, which I always appreciate.

So.... handwriting is neither my strong suit, nor my children's, but I figure copywork has more advantages than just penmanship. In this instance, the quotes being copied are great "character" quotes as well. I actually chose to use the 2nd grade program with both of my children, as that is more typical of the type of handwriting I am trying to make "legible" and "neat", rather than any of the cursive programs. I really liked the selections, and the fact that the children are exposed to the same quote for five days in a row(I seem to have an affinity for things that run "Five in a Row" ....:)), because they tended to internalize them that way.

Cute Story...JD1 was working on his quote one week, and said something to the effect of:
"Hey, this is a great quote! I think I should carve it into my clubhouse!" The quote was "It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one." by George Washington. This is the sort of thing that serves a multi-purpose tool, then... character training as well as penmanship, learning grammar by example, and the potential for memorization and recitation, not to mention improving the neighborhood by example... :)

Oh, I should mention that the selections start on the brief end of things, and progress to full page selections from the Gettysburg Address, and a few Inaugural speeches for the High School students.

BTW, although I haven't used them yet, I am particularly looking forward to the 5th grade selections which include selected lessons from George Washington's "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior", with each one accompanied by a related Scripture. Nothing like improving "application" of Scripture. :)

Presidential Penmanship is available in the following styles:

Don't forget to check out ZeeZok's website for the Penmanship program of your choice, and the Great Musician's Series .

For other opinions, and actual reviews of the Great Musician's Series, please go check out what my TOS CrewMates had to say. As always, I hope that this review is helpful to you as you choose where to most wisely spend your homeschooling budget dollars.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this item/service for free as part of the TOS Crew Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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