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  1. We use an app, for practice. Spell to Write and Read app
  2. It’s been my experience with my kids and students that you go at the pace they are setting, I remember very well slowing things down for my very young reader and letting her write with no instruction as she was young... oh the years it took to correct bad habits, go at your kids pace. If you want to slow down a little try cursive, like “Cursive First” have fun.
  3. All these resources look great! Something that I have used is the clock to teach the letters, but I made a page with clocks so my kids could write on each clock for small words. Also, in my case my kids needed the color doted line in the middle differentiated from the red baseline vs the blue top guide. My kids had no spatial connection to all black lines. Look at the screen picture of the design for upper case. find a free sample download here. Mrs. Q
  4. Designed color clock paper to help my children learn to write on a line.


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    TIRED OF LETTER REVERSALS AND WORDS NOT LANDING ON THE LINE? Handwriting Clock Letter Spalding Paper is a tool used to teach Spalding-inspired handwriting. The clock is used as a guide to dictate the direction of letter and number formation. It was created as a solution for older students with letter reversal problems. It has also been used for students who have spatial difficulties landing letters on the line. The paper is designed for manuscript and cursive letters and numbers. The clocks are spaced differently in each page, allowing for individual letter formation, two- to four-letter phonograms, and short sentences. This bundle contains twenty-one pages. For repetitive use such as daily or independent work, you can print the pages on cardstock and laminate them. The writing lines on each page are color coded. • blue top guide • blue middle dotted line • red baseline • blue descender line Dictation sample of the cursive letter “a”: Start at the baseline, go up the clock to 2 and stop. Without lifting your pencil, go back around the clock towards 10 and back around to 2 again and stop. Without lifting your pencil, pull a line down to the baseline and make a connecting stroke. Spalding method, Spell to Write and Read, Riggs, Logic of English, and all Orton Gillingham methods used for English Language Arts benefit from this paper for practice. It can be used for Phonogram practice and dictation. Find it at my Teachers pay Teachers Store here for instant download: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mrs-Q-Products Download free samples in the store and more products Clock Numbers Clock Letters Lowercase Clock Letters Uppercase Clock Letters Cursive Lowercase Clock Letters Cursive Uppercase Handwriting Clock Letter Spalding Paper If you do not have a free TpT account, please message me if you have PayPal with your PayPal email so I can send you a bill, I'll email your bundle upon receiveing payment. Feel free to share! Mrs. Q. Copyright © Karen Quimpo Mrs Q Products All rights reserved by author. Permission to copy for single classroom/home use only. Electronic distribution limited to single classroom/home use only. Want to share? Link to my store NOT the PDF file itself. NOT o.k. to post my resources through an online (closed or open) portal for teacher-students in a continuing education classes to download. The single classroom/Co-Op class use is for a teacher to use and make copies for her students and not to make the file itself available for download nor distributed it, printed or file, to student's families for copying. Multiple Licenses available at a discount price. UPDATED: 21 pages with NO WATERMARK! There are many curricula that teach the formation of letters based on a clock face. Some teach manuscript, others teach cursive, but both use the sound of dictation to direct the pencil of the pupil to write a letter. Some use Spell to Write and Read, Logic of English, Spalding Method, Clock climbing letters, etc. These are worksheets that have the middle dotted line, they have a red baseline, and blue top guide, and a blue descender line. These pages include full face clock throughout the whole page for students to practice their letter formation, then later on their phonograms, and even small words dictations. You can purchase here. I use PayPal, so message me with your PayPal email, I'll send you a bill and when you pay, I'll send you the file. However if you are a member of TpT, you can purchase and download immediately. Look at my Teachers pay Teachers site for details here. Mrs Q Products Samples of more products in the pictures below


  6. Spell to write and read would be great! I love their app for phonogram practice!
  7. I use Spell to Write and Read and they recomend Cursive First which is so similar to the clock climbing letters program suggested above! The main difference is say the "a" in CF starts at the baseline then goes up to the 2 on the clock, then back around, etc, etc. the climbing clock letters program starts at 1 on the clock. My kids start Cursive in Kinder. I also transition the older kids to CF. I found my kids needed more practice so I used my clock paper for them to practice and to correct their writing on the page. They wrote all over the place even in lined paper. Here is the fonts of SWR and CF http://swrtraining.com/shop/penmanship/cursive-first/
  8. This link looks similar http://toluca-lyon.blogspot.com/2009/04/comprendre-lecriture-francaise.html?m=1
  9. I think the Q looks like a two but the French samples are a good option https://www.slideshare.net/mobile/EmilyArjonillo/3-5-handwritingguide
  10. I've made a paper that helped my kids. They are visual but older. They needed the red baseline, blue middle dotted line and top guide for a while. They were embarrassed to use the Kibder paper with so wide spacing...My oldest had letters swiming all over the place on lined paper! After using my paper she can write straight on white paper after much practice on much smaller spacing. I'm not home, so I cannot today, tomorrow night I'll post it. K
  11. Have you found any resources on Tecumseh's brother prophesying a solar eclipse in response to then Govenor of Infiana Harrison's challenge or questioning his speaking for God? There is so much out there on science about the eclipse I wanted to cover some American History for my kids. Thanx! K
  12. If you forgot to buy the eclipse glasses, or you got knock offs, and fear safety... here is a solution I found. Disclaimer to say NASA recommends Shade 12 and up for using welding helmets.
  13. I am surprized that no one mentioned Spell to Write and Read by Wanda Sanseri. SWR is a full LA program, they have a cool app, they are not that expensive, and the thing is there is only need of one basic set per teacher, as the teacher can make copies for her/his students. There is a FaceBook Group called SWR Training and the lady there has made awsome videos explaining how to do things. I have Riggs Institute books, they are expensive, but you can find them used. They are too convoluted for something really simple to do. as SWR, they have their own notebooks, etc. but all of them use clock letters to print and do cursive. That is why I made my own clock letter paper to go with any of the Orton based curricula, as it helped my kids practice better. My avatar is a sample of that, here is the link for my TpT store. Mrs. Q For some reason I am only allowed to post 62 KB of data so here is the link to the picture I mean
  14. Have you considered continuous ink system? Look it up on Amazon or eBay! Saved me lots of money on ink.
  15. I used Cursive First, loved it! Then The Memoria press product... but found the most effective way was using A clock so I could talk to my kids the directions. <----- look at my avatar... I made clock papers so they could practice not floating their letters and later on how to do connections. But that was in addition to teaching them Cursive First.
  16. Spalding is a little teacher heavy at the beginning if you are not familiar with it, but later on it becomes a natural flow to your day.
  17. I agree that I am a homeschooler, therefore I do not do a school at home. I don't plan to copy BasisEd at home, however, just like many others, I do look at different curricula, I spice up my teaching, and I look at what the Schools around me--and around the world--are doing. I know my kid's "learning style" I know what fits them, and I am willing to challange myself to help them learn. As I mentioned before there was ONE thing that really took me by surprized and that was that they take AP exams in 8th grade....I do know that they start schools in expensive neighborhoods, have no free lunches, and have no bussing, making that a little weed-out system for them, and they have been publicly critizied for their drop out rates in upper grades. I am not an apologist for this school, I am glad that so many have an opinion about my first question. I'd like to hear answers to my second question. If your child has taken AP exams, I see someone did that in 7th grade here, how did you prepare, and how did you prepare your kids for it. I agree, exam taking should be part of of their lives so they are exposed to tests like this. Part of that would be to see how my kids do with tests... so far there is no problem, they are great readers, they need practice with writing. My thoughts with APs are mainly saving 10k-40k depending on what school my kids get into, I talk about US History because it's a love we have for it. Mrs. Q.
  18. I don't think so, my kids already love History, we do our homeschool around History. We even use Science in the Beggining Series of books by J Wile and Berean Builders Publishers Who set Science in a History timeline. Perhaps is my use of the word "drill" that makes it sound boring, I should say then practice, or make sure to include and repeat the topics covered in the U.S. History AP.
  19. Have you heard of BasisEd? one of the top 5 schools system in the country. So when in the news some school like that comes to light I usually ask myself what are they doing right that I can use in my homeschool... There are many things, but one thing jumped out at me... they start their AP exams in 8th grade with the US History AP. By the time they take the May test they have covered US History for many years, and are prepared. By graduation they have taken 9 to 11 AP exams. They spend their Senior Year doing a Thesis, or a project that of course needs to be aproved. My kids are in elementary school. so why am I still thinking about AP tests? If I set my eyes on the US History AP, then I have a few years to drill the content into my kids and then let them try it. What are yourt thoughts with mimiking succesful "schools" or with AP tests early on? If you have taken AP courses, how have you prepared your student? Thanks Mrs Q
  20. I'm looking for American History that is like Mistery of History and/or Story of the World. The main thing I am looking for is the CDs and activity workbook on CD as well. Thank you for your input! I have a 4yr old, 6 yr old, 8yr old, and almost 11 yr old. And we have not done American History! 🤦ðŸ»â€â™€ï¸ Thanks, K
  21. The best out there I would say is Betran Builders Science in the beginning or any of the books in that series. https://www.bereanbuilders.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?search=action&category=ELEM
  22. Hello! I seem to have forgotten how to add information at the bottom of your posts! What on e-mail I call your "signature" Thanx! 🤦ðŸ»â€â™€ï¸
  23. I did Cursive First which has a sample planner on how to teach SWR, which was most helpful. Now they are coming out with lesson plans!!!! I can't wait to get them. I think all the curricula spoken about here needed something like that that was simple and not as expensive as LoE.
  24. I have Riggs, I'm no expert, but Riggs has an extra sound for some phonograms, the French Shwa so for "a" you have 4 sounds.... I cannot make that sound do I went with SWR. But they are the first that I learned about that used clock letters for teaching manuscript, so my kids learn with the clock. However, I needed them to practice, so I made them lined with middle dotted line clock paper, for uppercase, then just a clock for the bottom line for lower case formation. It worked great for Cursive too. I don't have lefties, so I'm not sure if they would help for your lefty but I think practice will help. ðŸ‘🼠Best luck!
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