Bibliography and Resources

mentioned in Cursive First and

referenced on the Rationales for Cursive First Penmanship Instruction page


“A Beka: Why Teach Cursive First” A Beka, 2003.

Bibeau, Simone, Developing the Early Learner: The Complete Perceptual Growth Program. Perception Publications, 1982. Available from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd. (303) 730-6292. Note: If you’re ordering from Sonlight’s online catalog, they call this “Readiness Skills Vol. I-IV” and do not refer to it by the books’ name; however, it is listed by name in the paper catalog.

Blumenfeld, Samuel, Homeschooling: A Parents Guide to Teaching Children, Boise, Idaho: The Paradigm Company, 1997.

Blumenfeld, Samuel, How to Tutor, Boise, Idaho: The Paradigm Company, 1973.

Blumenfeld, Samuel, The Whole Language/OBE Fraud, Boise, Idaho: The Paradigm Company, 1995.

Corcoran, John, with Carole Carlson. The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read. Colorado Springs, CO: Focus on the Family, 1994.

Douglass, Frederick. Narratives of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.

Dunlap, Joy Marie. “How to Teach Your Child to Read: Preparing Little Ones to Read.” Teaching Home Magazine, Sept/Oct 1998. An excellent article on working with pre-readers. You can order this and other back copies from the Teaching Home magazine.

Edwards, Betty, Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain. Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P Tarcher, Inc., 1989.

Gatto, John Taylor, The Underground History of American Education. New York: Oxford Village Press, 2001.

Gladstone, Kate, “Handwriting Repair,” 2000. Ms. Gladstone works nationwide to help people improve their penmanship. Like me, she is a firm believer in the one-tiered method for penmanship instruction–as opposed to teaching one style and then a different one later. Our application of this instructional methodology differs, however, in that Ms. Gladstone is a proponent of the Italic method of penmanship.

Hall, Susan. Straight Talk about Reading. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books, 1999.

Huey, Edmund Burke, The Psychology and Pedagogy of Reading. New York: Macmillan, 1908; Cambridge, MA: The MIT press, 1968.

Joss, Jan, “BJU PreCursive and Cursive Handwriting.” Teacher to Teacher, Vol. 5, Num. 1, April 2001.

Kozol, Jonathan. Illiterate America. New York: Plume, 1985.

Lyon, G. Reid. Ph.D., Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, in a presentation before the U.S. Senate entitled “Overview of Reading and Literacy Initiatives,” April 1998.

McCrum, Robert with William Cran and Robert MacNeil. The Story of English. New York: Penguin Books, 1987.

McGinness, Diane. Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It. New York: Simon & Schuster: 1997.

McInnis, Philip, “Simplifying the Writing Process.” NATHHAN NEWS, 1995.

Mosse, Hilde. You Can Prevent or Correct Learning Disorders.Beaverton, OR: Riggs Institute, 1982.

Myers, Edwin C. and Nellie M. Myers, ReadyWriter. School Made Simple, 1989. Also called Learning Vitamins for Stylus Skills and Beginning Penmanship. Available from the publishers: Providence Project,14566 NW 110th Street, Whitewater, KS 67154, 1-888-776-8776.

National Advisory Council on Adult Education. Illiteracy in America: Extent, Causes, and Suggested Solutions. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, [n.d.]

Nelson, Rand H., “What is it about Cursive?” Greensburg, PA: Peterson Directed Handwriting, [n.d.].

Spalding, Romalda. The Writing Road to Reading. New York: William Morrow, 1990.

Stanovich, Keith E. “Romance and Reality.” The Reading Teacher 47, no. 4, December 1993/January 1994.

Thomas, Fiona, “Une question de writing?” A research project commissioned by the Teacher Training Agency as part of the Teacher Research Grant Scheme, England, 1997.

Yopp, Hallie Kay, and Ruth Helen Yopp, Oo-pples and Boo-noo-noos: Songs and Activities for Phonemic Awareness. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996.