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Two
Grade
Three
Grade
Four
Advanced
Cursive
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Two Versions Now Offer More Convenient Ordering

Our original kit design included grade specific items. The Animated Letter Cards CD ROM serves all levels. Numerous people have requested that we expand the kits to include the CD. Because it is so much easier to order a kit than to select individual items from various product categories, we have created two versions to better meet your needs and improve convenience. A sample of the Animated Letter Cards is available at this link.

To gain an understanding of the "Directed Lesson Strategy" that distinguishes the Peterson Method, please watch this method presentation. It is a narrated slide show. You will need speakers for the sound. The presentation runs for 20 minutes.

The Basic Kit
This version does not contain the Animated Letter Cards CD. It does contain the Teacher Handbook, Position Guides, Student Text and Pencil or Pen that are specific for the level ordered.

Complete Kit
This version contains all of the materials in the Basic Version along with the Animated Letter Cards CD ROM. If you want to acquire materials to work with children at different levels, you would need to order only one Complete Kit. Order the Basic Kit for the other children to avoid duplication of the animations CD.

New Supplemental Tools Take Advantage Of Your Computer
We are proud to introduce two totally new tools that are unique to the educational publishing industry. These products are downloaded to your computer so there is no delay or shipping cost. You can now purchase E-Workbooks that allow you to print practice pages as often as needed right from your computer using Acrobat Reader or our new software package called PDF By Hand. If you have a Wacom Pen Tablet for your PC computer, this software allows your student to practice handwriting skills on the e-workbook pages by writing on the tablet instead of practice paper. A Wacom Pen & Touch tablet allows a young child to practice writing with the pointer finger.

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Preschool & Kindergarten
Complete Kit #118804

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The teacher handbook provides a series of lesson plans for six weeks of pre-writing activities. The manual contains wonderful reproducible pages for use in the lessons which are designed to introduce a young child to directionality concepts, rhythmic movement, position skills, and participation in directed activities. The activities allow the child to learn how to relate directionality to his or her workspace and eventually to a piece of paper and the use of a pencil on that page.

Unique exercises are included to help to build motor control skills including training of muscle groups for good pencil holding, paper holding and good posture. The challenge of rhythmic movement engages the child to improve attention span, listening, focus on task, sequencing and field of vision. The directed activities are fun because you do it together.

At early ages gross motor activities are critical. Airwriting with the animations on your computer screen and fingertracing the huge letter models in ABC's and 123's book provide rhythmic experiences leading to internalization of movement patterns that will support the reading pattern of our written language. Both airwriting and fingertracing are rhythmic activities because we move to the voice as "action words" are chanted. The book is alphabetically arranged so you can correlate the physical instruction into your reading/phonics program lesson sequence.

Starting with basic strokes and then combining them to form letters with rhythm is much more than fun. The effects on development of sequencing skills, attention span and language processing is powerful indeed. Combine the sounds of letters with these exercises, pictures on the pages make it easy, to enhance phonemic awareness. You can even practice American Sign Language for fingerspelling the letters and numerals if you wish.

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Grade One
Complete Kit #018804

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The teacher handbook provides an organized series of lesson plans in a daily lesson outline. Lessons are designed to last about ten minutes and focus upon process skills which can be applied directly to any curriculum. It is not about learning to draw perfect copies of a model letter. It is about a series of rhythm based activities leading to position skills and writing fluency. Develop the movement pattern, practice with rhythm to improve control and apply the skills in your curriculum activities as the child learns more about written language. Internalized movement patterns enhance the learning process for all language arts skills.

The student book provides models for communication of goals in an efficient way - with one child or thity. Fingertrace large movement models to develop rhythmic patterns. Move the pencil with your voice on unlined paper to practice the production sequence and improve accuracy. Move to paper with lines and learn how to use them to organize the writing for neat legibility. Children do not write in the book.

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Grade Two
Complete Kit #028804


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We recognize the fact that every first grade student who has learned the print letters begins to experiment with cursive. Second grade students have a burning desire to learn cursive. Unanswered, the desire to learn leads to invention and bad habits that will usually result in frustration. The Teacher Handbook provides a daily lesson plan outline designed to teach what the child wants to learn. Short skill development lessons are designed to continue development of skills for fluent application. The real goal is movement - fluent movement. We start with print letters because the child knows how to make the letters. This allows focus on position skills and movement. The goal is learning to hold the paper and pencil for efficient lateral movement which is needed for fluent cursive writing. When the child learns to produce print letters with the correct muscle groups and good position, the print letters should slant forward. The first unit uses slant print to allow each child to master position skills needed for learning cursive letter production patterns. We are practicing print letters as we learn cursive movement with cursive muscles.

The lesson sequence then introduces cursive basic strokes and letters at a gross-motor size. This is a readiness process. Please keep the size of print writing large, until after starting gross-motor cursive movement activities. Arm and wrist muscles handle lateral movements. Size reduction makes demands for fine motor control that generally results in fingers-only involvement.

Lowercase letters are introduced first since they are most important for written communication. The letters are introduced in a sequence based upon related movements - the basic, rhythmic movement sequences needed to use cursive fluently later on. Each letterform is learned as a complete unit - as it will be applied in the process of writing words with fluent rhythmic movement. This approach is unique to Peterson Directed Handwriting. It allows the child to begin writing simple high frequency words in cursive as soon as the letter patterns have been developed. After lowercase letters the sequence introduces the cursive capitals - once again in a sequence based upon related movement.

Once again the pupil book is a text. It is not designed for Trace & Copy activities. The child does not write in the book. Movement models in color rhythm are used for "Fingertracing." Visual models provide efficient communication of goals for "Write & Say" practice activities on inexpensive practice paper. Please work through the "Peterson Method" presentation linked to our Information Directory.

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Grade Three
Complete Kit #038804

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This level guides you and your child through steps necessary to make the transistion to cursive for applied work. The Teacher Handbook provides a daily lesson outline. We begin with a review of the lowercase letters while adding a new challenge - size reduction. We need to learn how to produce the movement sequences fluently at a size that is practical for application. We are developing fine motor control skills using the same directed lesson strategy.

Once again the pupil book is a text not a copybook. The child does not write in the text. Movement models for "Fingertracing" and models for efficient visualization of "Write & Say" practice objectives are provided to make practice sessions short and focused on process skills. Fluent, rhythmic movement remains the underlying objective. The new challenge is size reduction that will allow practical application.

PLEASE NOTE: If you remember that gross-motor patterns must be established before size reduction, it is not necessary to start an older child at a lower grade level.

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Grade Four
Complete Kit #048804

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The Teacher Handbook again provides a daily lesson outline to guide you and your student through continued skill development. Once again the pupil book is a text not a copybook. The child does not write in the text. Movement models for "Fingertracing" and models for efficient visualization of "Write & Say" practice objectives are provided to make practice sessions short and focused on process skills. Fluent, rhythmic movement remains the underlying objective. Two new challenges are presented at level four - adult tools and adult proportion.

PLEASE NOTE: If you remember that gross-motor patterns must be established before size reduction, it is not necessary to start an older child at a lower grade level.

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Advanced Cursive Kit
Complete Kit #058804

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The Teacher Handbook provides a daily lesson outline to guide you and your student through continued skill development. Once again the pupil book is a text not a copybook. The student does not write in the text. Movement models for "Fingertracing" and models for efficient visualization of "Write & Say" practice objectives are provided to make practice sessions short and focused on process skills. Fluent, rhythmic movement remains the underlying objective. The new challenge presented is to improve control and fluency with another size reduction. The goal of fluent legibility at adult size is one that few adults have attained.

PLEASE NOTE: If you remember that gross-motor patterns must be established before size reduction, it is not necessary to start an older child at a lower grade level.

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Last Update, March 2010