Due to my child having a vision issue, her words would all run together, therefore, there was NO spacing in between words. This allows her to see the lines and where her letters should go. We like this product so far.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this! I have been really looking forward to receiving the pads. I have a first grader and a fourth grader that I am working on reading and language arts intervention. I have been searching high and low for something like this to add to our learning experience. I think the kids will love the pads and I believe they are going to be super beneficial! I will make sure to share my joy with my fellow teachers on our elementary campus! Thanks a million for helping us teach our little ones!
Every Friday my son comes home with a Spider-Man folder crammed full of all the practice pages of letters and numbers and craft projects that he has completed during the school week. He routinely removes this folder from his bag and puts it on my desk for me to look at. Once the kids are in bed I open his folder and lovingly look over every page and scrap of paper. I notice every curl of his letters — erase marks, scribbles that landed outside the lines, and every smiley face and sticker from the teacher. Why do I do this, you may ask? For one thing, I am in complete awe of what my son has the ability to accomplish. For another, I want to know what he is learning so that I can help him in the areas where he needs a little extra practice. From the beginning of my son’s life, we began implementing simple ways to encourage his growth. Now that he is in school full time, I am no longer the main educator in his life. The Friday Folder helps keep me included.
My son is an amazing reader! This is not a bragging mom statement… Ok, maybe just a little, but is it truly bragging if I am sharing facts? He has already surpassed most of his classmates and is reading at the first grade entry level. Did I mention he is in Kindergarten? He brings home mini-books to practice reading. In order to get new books he must read them to his classmates. He reads them as if he has always been reading! It is amazing to watch.
As awesome as his reading skills are, he does have a few struggles. He recognizes all letters, upper and lower case, and the sounds they make. He is able to sound out words that he does not recognize with the slightest of help with the harder words like “together.” However, it is hard to write these words without seeing them. He struggles with which letters form the written word.
The other area of learning my son struggles with is with basic math. Yes, you read this correctly. He has to be able to complete and understand basic math problems by the end of Kindergarten.
2 + 3 makes 5 and 5 – 3 makes 2
He can count to 100, write numbers, and visually recognize them. The struggle comes when he has to put those numbers into action. He becomes confused and overwhelmed. We have been writing number lines and playing number memory, to help him see that the numbers never change. For example, 2 is still 2 if it is on a card, on a die, on a calendar or a clock. I became a little lost as to how to help my son with these struggles.
When the opportunity presented itself to try a set of great work pads concentrating on practicing handwriting and math skills geared toward Pre K to 1st graders, I jumped at the opportunity.
The set includes:
1. Quick and Neat Alphabet Pad is color-coded to help distinguish between upper and lower case letters and proper letter spacing.
2. Easy Peasy Alphabet Pad is composed with both tracing and writing to reinforce letter formation.
3. Quick and Neat Storytelling Pad helps children write independently.
4. One Page a Day has single digit math practice
5. Quick and Neat Math Line-Up Pad
After using the “Easy Peasy Alphabet Pad” my son’s letters have become more consistently formed and the spacing of his letters improved. He is also more consistent with correctly forming a sentence, writing an upper case letter at the beginning of a sentence, lower case letters in the sentence and ending with a period.
After using the “Quick and Neat Math Line-Up Pad” my son’s ability to write his numbers has improved. He enjoys making his own math problems to figure out. By using the “One Page A Day” he was able to build the confidence to practice single digit math without becoming overwhelmed with a math problem.
My son’s teacher has commented on the improvement in his confidence level and his improved penmanship. I recommended these pads to her when she asked what we have been doing at home. I suggested them as a way to chart the progress of a child’s writing abilities from the beginning of the school year to the end. I also suggested the use of the “Quick and Neat Storytelling Pad” to one of the Sunday school teachers for the kids to write their memory verses on with space for them to draw a picture of their understanding of the verse. I also laminated a page from the “Quick and Neat Storytelling Pad” for my toddler. She can repeatedly draw pictures and trace her name as she learns to write.
The versatility of the pads is great! I was able to remove pages from the pads and place them in my son’s car busy binder for him to work on during drives to appointments where he continued to use the pages. My son was also able to quietly practice writing his memory Bible Verse on the “Quick and Neat Alphabet Pad” during our church’s conference while guests spoke.
I do not understand how these workbooks were able to help my son overcome his struggles where I could not. However, he now has the confidence to write sentences on his own, sounding out the words for himself, and no longer stresses over math. As a parent, that is a huge success in my book!
My daughter, Gemma, is 5 ¾ (yes, three-quarters). When it comes to homeschooling styles, I lean toward the Charlotte Mason method, which means that we haven’t officially begun “school.” Charlotte Mason believed that a child should have “a quiet growing time, a full six years of passive, receptive life.” While I can’t claim to have given Gemma six years without academics, I can say that I’ve put off teaching her to write.
Now in the homestretch of kindergarten, Gemma’s public school friends, are writing complete sentences using uppercase and lowercase letters. While I don’t feel pressured to get her caught up, when presented with the opportunity to try Channie’s Visual Handwriting Workbooks for free, I was quick to say yes.
I received the Visual Handwriting & Math Workbook Bonus Pack, which included six workbooks:
2 Quick & Neat Alphabet Pads (PreK – 1st)
2 Quick & Neat Writing Pads (1st – 3rd)
1 One Page A Day Single Digit Math Practice (PreK – 1st
1 One Page A Day Double Digit Math Practice (1st – 3rd)
The Quick & Neat Pads have forty 11” by 8 ½” sheets of paper, and each sheet is printed front and back. They look like green-and-white-striped graph paper, and all the pages are identical. The Alphabet Pad, which is designed for beginning writers, has larger blocks for practicing letters than the Writing Pad. The pads are not pre-printed with letters for children to trace, write underneath, or write beside.
They’re blank, so you can decide how you want to use them with your child. For example, Gemma, who likes to follow directions (as long as they’re given by someone other than me – wink, wink) chose to copy the example alphabet on the inside front cover. But you and your child can use the pages the way you want. You can use them for copying the alphabet or for copying one letter multiple times.
You can also use the pages to create your own copy work. You can write Bible verses, lines of poetry, or beautiful quotes from the pages of your current read-aloud book, and have your child copy your example in the color-coded blocks.
The blocks are one of the things that really make Visual Handwriting pads different from other handwriting workbooks. Typical handwriting workbooks have rows where children can copy letters or words. Each row has solid lines at the top and bottom, and a dashed line in the middle. A child is supposed to make lowercase letters fit between the dashed line and the bottom line. Dashed lines help children with letter height, but they don’t help with consistent letter width or spacing between letters. The Visual Handwriting blocks solve both of these problems.
I wish I’d had this product a few years ago when I was teaching middle school. It really would have been useful for one of my 6th graders. I’ll call him Felix.
Felix had the worst handwriting I’ve ever seen. He wrote letters on top of other letters. It took a lot of effort to decipher the work he turned in. If he had been using the Visual Handwriting workbooks, it would have been easy for Felix to space his letters, and easy for me to read so that his handwriting didn’t interfere with the ideas he wanted to communicate.
Gemma loves math, so she was also excited to try the One Page A Day Single Digit Math Practice and the One Page A Day Double Digit Math Practice Visual Math Workbooks.
Gemma is enjoying teaching herself to print. A handwriting product that is self-correcting – how cool is that? But my intention has always been to teach Gemma cursive first. Well, guess what? I discovered that
is also available in cursive!
We have been using it for a little over a week now, but I do wish the squares were slightly larger. I put some of the pads up for next year since the double didget and the older writing pads have the smallest squares (still larger than regular lined paper), but this is mostly due to my 7yo son having cerebral palsy. The boundaries seem to be helping him and I don’t think the size would be any issue for my neurotypical 5yo.
He seems to enjoy using it but I am currently restricting how much he does to build up his ability/desire so he doesn’t burn out or get frustrated.
This awesome workbook set helped my son become confident in his ability to independently write sentences and complete math problems without becoming overwhelmed. Thank you from the bottom of this grateful mother’s heart!!!
As the mother of a dysgraphic child this handwriting paper is amazing! I love that it allows him to see the writing space in a different way. I had previously tried many, many different ways to help him write on a line or within a certain space but nothing helped. This is a fantastic set because it includes one of everything – a great way to try out the paper for all types of writing!
I home school my 6 year old grandson and all the lined papers were to small for him…he tends to write big. This paper allows him to write bigger and follow the lines so that his writing is becoming legible.
Love it! I love having boxes so the students have enough space to write the answers. I, also, love having one/two books that have sequential skill building for two and three digit addition and subtraction without and with regrouping. An excellent “must have” for any first or second grade teacher.
My son has autism and visual processing difficulties. With the example from the inside cover and a verbal prompt to put a space between each word he was able to produce a legible sentence with proper uppercase and lowercase letters! His teacher was floored! Buying a year’s supply now!!!