How do I use StartWrite?
- Make notebooks for the kids to use for dictation, Reading Made Easy, spelling, copywork
- Make full sheets to use for writing which I put in the notebook/lapbook
- Make half sheets with lines and then a blank spot for drawing a picture
- Handwriting instruction letter by letter in manuscript
- Handwriting instruction for cursive letter by letter
- Type in what my child dictates to me that I can leave lines under so he/she can copy his/her own words as copywork.
- Type in sentences for handwriting/copywork that come from our unit study topic/FIAR book for the week.
- You can add pictures- color or black and white to your handwriting page
- You can make different sized handwriting sheets depending on your child's age or fine motor skills
- You have the choice of different fonts- manuscript vs. italics and of course cursive
- You can go landscape or portrait style
- You can make as much as you want!
- You don't have to purchase consumable workbooks for handwriting practice
- You can print out copywork with the traceable letters.
- You can print out copywork with the letters that have arrow marks for beginners.
- You can make a sheet with both on it plus one to just copy outright
This stack shows the bindings for the notebooks. I get them done at Staples. Though I think i will try my comb binder the next time to save a little cash.
I-6's Reading Made Easy notebook. I set up the copywork for him with the reading cues and he copies it. If I was all together I could type all this up and then have it bound. I'm not that intense. Despite what you think!
In general, he does the copywork for a lesson and we review it and he draws his own picture and writes a sentence about it the next day. You can see my written directions at the top of the second page.
R8 uses one for spelling. She has her list on one side and her paragraph using a set of the spelling words on cards on the other.
That about covers it. I love this program. It's so versatile. The possibilities are endless!