Friday, August 27, 2010

"Peterson Directed Handwriting" Review

"The Difference Is Rhythm"

I had all of Buster's curriculum set and ready to go by July including a handwriting book. We started our school year the first week of July. Buster was disappointed with his handwriting, because apparently he wanted to learn cursive. I was planning on waiting until 3rd grade. Needles to say I was happy when I found out a few weeks later we had been chosen to review Peterson Directed Handwriting cursive. I was very impressed with Rand's personal online presentation he set up just for the crew, and even more so when I realized this was available to all customers. He allowed us to download all of the cursive E-books they have available. I decided to start with the level one which is available for download for $19.95. When I first printed the E-book I was a little overwhelmed, and confused how to teach it. There is only a few pages on how to instruct , and it seemed kinda basic at first. Buster was eager to start, so I gave it a go. It turns out it really is that easy.

The secret of Peterson is:

The introduction of 4 basic strokes before you learn any letters. These four strokes help to make up all the letters.

The vocalization of the strokes as you draw them. (IE. Sharp Top drawn out as needed) Buster really took to this technique.

The color coded examples. Green first, then brown, and then red.

Finally the teaching of page placement and proper pencil grip.

Each lesson is to be kept short, and multi sensory. We employed the dry erase board, air stroke practice, vocalization, and page slant. I was very pleased when Buster was able to easily write his first cursive letter Aa. It has really helped that Buster really has an interest in learning cursive, and we will continue with Peterson Directed Handwriting as it is working for him.


It comes in E-book form and you can print as many times as needed.

Relatively low cost.

Multi sensory.

Help is available in the form of online meetings.


Short how-to in E-books.

Lessons are not planned out for you.

For more info or to order visit Peterson Directed Handwriting online.

I was given the Peterson Directed Handwriting E-books free of charge in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other form of compensation for this review.

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