Catholic Homeschool Curriculum
Seton’s Handwriting Program
Research indicates a strong connection between literacy skills and handwriting proficiency. Seton uses the Zaner-Bloser method, which has a long and proven track record of excellent penmanship. Manuscript training starts in Kindergarten, and cursive is introduced mid-way through Second Grade. The official program concludes in Fifth Grade, but there is an additional supplemental book which can be used in Junior High. The books include many beautiful works of Catholic art, and many Catholic themes and passages from Sacred Scripture are included in the actual copy assignments.
Kindergarten Handwriting for Young Catholics is designed to help develop your child’s fine motor skills. It includes practice pages for the lowercase alphabet letters. We focus on writing lowercase letters in Kindergarten because most of the letters that your child sees when reading are lowercase letters.
Uppercase letters are taught as needed, such as the first letter of your child’s name, but need not be mastered until first grade, when your child is writing sentences.
Handwriting 1 for Young Catholics helps children learn to write manuscript letters. Selections for practice contain Catholic words and phrases. In the first quarter your child will master each individual letter with Practice Page drills.
Formal practice of capital letters is included. Each page is dedicated to a specific letter. Beginning with the second quarter, letters are presented in order, according to similar strokes. Letters are to be traced over and then copied beneath the words traced.
Included is the Seton Handwriting Tablet, 1st Grade: Seton produced lined paper for extra penmanship practice. 5/8 inch rule, red baseline, broken midline. 8.5 x 11 inches. 48 pp.
In Handwriting 2 for Young Catholics children practice using Catholic words and sentences. They begin with a review of manuscript letters and are introduced to lowercase cursive letters at midyear. Students receive detailed step-by-step descriptions on how to form each letter properly.
Included is the Seton Handwriting Tablet, 2nd Grade; Seton produced lined paper for extra penmanship practice. 1/2 inch rule, red baseline, broken midline. 8.5 x 11 inches. 48 pp.
In Handwriting 3 for Young Catholics, students will do practice exercises using Catholic words and sentences. The course begins with a review of manuscript letter writing and lowercase cursive letter writing, and then shifts emphasis to learning uppercase cursive.
Included is the Seton Handwriting Tablet, 3rd Grade. Seton produced lined paper for extra penmanship practice. 1/2 inch rule, red baseline, broken midline, 8.5″ x 11″ 48 pp.
In Handwriting 4 for Young Catholics, proficiency in cursive handwriting is the main goal. Students have daily practice of cursive with Catholic words and phrases, and review print letters. At midyear, the lessons instruct children in how to write smaller and faster while still aiming for neatness and legibility.
Included is Seton Handwriting Tablet 4th Grade. Seton produced lined paper for extra penmanship practice. 3/8 inch rule, red baseline, broken midline. 8.5 x 11 inches. 48 pp.
Handwriting 5 for Young Catholics continues training for proficiency in cursive writing.
Children continue daily practice and learn to write faster and smaller while improving neatness and legibility. With practice material on the United States and their capitals, American history is reinforced as well.
The Value of Your Enrollment
Your enrollment provides you with much more than just a box of books. It provides an accredited education, a strong support system, and a community of staff and homeschoolers who are in your corner. It provides access to academic and support counseling, grading and record keeping, and a solid Catholic curriculum that promotes strong Catholic values in each and every subject.