Cursive First can be used with a beginner just learning how to write or with an older student transitioning from manuscript (or print) to cursive. The package contains a teacher’s manual, cursive and instruction cards, and practice sheets, which can be copied as needed for all the students in your classroom or family and which have been designed to coordinate with the instructions found in The WISE Guide for introducing the phonograms.
For a complete description of this package, please see the Cursive First page.
While Cursive First was written to coordinate with Spell to Write and Read, many teachers using other phonics or reading programs are discovering the benefits of this penmanship method and are using it along with other curricula. It is recommended that teachers who are not using SWR also have the 70 Basic Phonogram Cards and the Phonogram CD since these are needed to make Cursive First a complete set for non-SWR users. See the Cursive First Bundle to buy all three of these items together.
If you are purchasing or already have the SWR Core Teacher’s Kit, your basic phonogram cards and CD are already included.
A teacher of a single classroom or a homeschool only needs one copy of Cursive First, since everything is non-consumable and reproducible. If you are ordering for a school or for another teacher, then you will need multiple copies.
In 2017 Cursive First was once again voted 1st by homeschoolers for their favorite handwriting programs. In the past six years, this handwriting program has been ranked in the top two spots by readers of the Practical Homeschooling Magazine based on product quality and personal familiarity with it.