Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Memoria Press: Copy Book Set and New American Cursive

Memoria Press publishes materials for the Classical homeschooler. They stress "training in the liberal arts" and "familiarity with the great books and the great thinkers of the Western tradition". Their products remind me of curricula that would be used in a highly academic private school setting and include Latin, Logic, French, Classical Studies, Christian Studies, Copybooks, and New American Cursive. They also have a new online academy.

Copywork is something the Classical and Charlotte Mason methods of philosophy have in common. I tend more towards the Charlotte Mason style, so I was happy to have the opportunity to review the set of Copywork books. Copywork is simply copying a written page. This helps build penmanship skills, as well as spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and memory work. Memoria Press' Copybook set ($39.95) contains Scripture from the King James version (Old English) and classic poetry. They are designed for Kindergarten through second grade and the difficulty increases by book, as the margins decrease. They are simple, yet well designed, and our family enjoyed them.


The New American Cursive ($22.95) is a beginning cursive program for first grade and up. This is an attractive spiral bound, lay flat book. I was very intrigued by the idea of cursive for my first grader and my excitement was contagious enough to make him excited as well. A cute character, Mr. Meerkat, guides the student through this simplified version of cursive. I was happy to discover that my first grader found cursive to be easier than print, as it flows smoothly across the page. I was also pleased that the letter was displayed in print as well, helping him to connect the printed version with the cursive version. I love this particular cursive so much, that I plan to order the New American Cursive StartWrite Software and teach this to all of my children next year!

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