B is for Bear
 

General Syllabus

Each week the “B is for Bear” students will be assigned a lesson in their handwriting textbook as well as literature textbook, which includes reading passages with comprehension questions and lessons in phonics, literary terms and poetics, grammar and vocabulary development.

September

7     14     21     28

October

5     12     19     26

November

2     9     16     23     30

December

7     14     21     28

January

4     11     18     25

February

1      8     15     22

March

1     8     15     22     29

April

5      12     19     26

May

3      10     17     24

Materials for the Year

  1. How to make the letters
    This chart will assist parents in helping their children with their letters at home, showing exactly how the letters are made. Here are several samples of Mr. Walter’s Italic hand: 1, 2, and 3.

  2. How to hold the pencil
    Here is a video on how to hold the pencil correctly. Watch carefully—no two fingers on the top!

  3. Handwriting inspiration
    My son Samuel shows how the copperplate hand is executed using flexible steel nibs. Samuel gave a class on the copperplate hand this summer. You may look at some samples of this hand, as well as an alphabet and several videos: a video of Samuel writing out John 3:16, a “Happy Birthday” video, a Bible verse (Jeremiah 17:7) and accompanying painting and a “Happy Thanksgiving” video.

  4. Blank handwriting sheet
    A blank sheet that may be printed out for dictation and handwriting practice.

  5. Extra Cursive Italic Handwriting Practice

  6. Movement: 1) swing up 2) go back 3) shoulder 4) horizontal 5) horizontal to diagonal

  7. Special letters: 1) cursive e  2) cursive r  3) cursive z

  8. Read this funny comic strip on handwriting.

  9. Lessons 1 and 2

  10. For those who do not yet have their textbooks, you can print out lesson 1 and lesson 2. To assess the course progresses in its level of difficulty, look also at Lesson 32.

  11. Dictation Exercises

  12. 1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9    10     11     12     13     14     15     16     17     18

  13. 19    20     21     22     23     24     25     26     27     28    29     30     31      32     33

Assignments for B is for Bear Class

The date listed is the day on which the assignment is given in class; the assignment is not due until the following week. Click on the hyperlink (specific date) for the assignment. Light gray indicates days when classes do not meet and no assignment will be given.