I love to kill 2 birds with one stone. I know. Gruesome. How 'bout, I love to take care of two subjects with one activity? Just right, says Baby Bear.
Sam the 3rd grader has really nice cursive, but is such a perfectionist that it takes like a thousand hours to copy 1 line. Benj struggles a bit with handwriting, so it takes like a thousand hours to copy 1 line. You get my drift. Enter Pictures in Cursive....we're going to rush thru 3 levels this year: A,B, and you guessed it C.
I have Sam the Younger just copy right into the book. Benj the Older uses wide lined paper. Since the other bird I wanted to kill was art appreciation, I actually tear out the picture and stick it in a cheap frame that sits on their school table, so it gets noticed day after day.
So far we're doing Writing With Ease 2 (into week 7 now, doing 2 lessons a day and already seeing improvement in dictation and summarizing/narrating), Math Mammoth review worksheets, 30 minutes reading, and now copywork. I also added Grammar Island today and will post about that next week. They seemed to enjoy it, at least the first several pages.