Homeschool Curriculum Review
Peterson Directed Handwriting

Homeschool Curriculum Review - Peterson Directed Handwriting 

Part of learning is learning how to write. Those letters that you are teaching your children will eventually be translated into written language. The Peterson Directed Handwriting method not only will teach your child to form various letters but also will help with spelling and vocabulary skills. Once they know how to create letters, their brains can concentrate on composing sentences and the like.

Were you ever marked down in English class because of your handwriting? Learning to write legibly is an important part of using language effectively. This method of handwriting is designed for homeschooling parents to teach skills that will benefit their children throughout their lifetime.


What is letter formation? It is a series of curves, circles and lines. From print, vertical print to cursive, your child can develop proper handwriting skills from the beginning making each level a bit more fun though a challenge. With Peterson, the difference in learning is the rhythm of writing.

Homeschool Curriculum Review - Peterson Directed Handwriting - What is Offered


Peterson offers homeschool kits for preschool through grades 5 through 8. There are several levels: Preschool and Kindergarten, Grade One, Grade Two, Grade Three, Grade Four and Advanced Cursive 5-8. You can purchase the basic kit or the complete kit for each level. The basic kit includes the teacher handbook, position guides, student text and a pencil. Complete kits include all of these items plus the animated letter cards on CD-ROM. For multiple students, only purchases one complete kit but separate basic kits for each student.


The animated letter cards were modeled after Harry Potter. Students just have to click on any letter card and then trace that letter while it is being created using their mouse or in the air with their hand. it’s like magic and makes handwriting more engaging for students especially younger ones. You can demo these cards on their site.  There is also a 20 minute video presentation on the site to help you become familiar with the Peterson method.

At the kindergarten level, children will participate in pre-writing activities to help them gain control over their motor skills for when they are ready to actually begin writing. They will learn how to hold their pencil, how to hold their paper and good handwriting posture.


At the first grade level, students begin to write, working on position skills and fluency. The object is to develop the movements necessary to create different patterns that form letters. Kids use fingertrace models to create letters. They work with unlined and then lined paper to learn correct letter placement.


At the second grade level, along with continuing to teach print writing, second graders get a taste of beginning cursive writing, learning the strokes and recognition of cursive lettering. It is at the third grade level that students make the transition to cursive writing. Students continue with cursive writing at the fourth grade level, concentrating on perfecting their skills. Parents can also purchase supplemental tools to help make learning more fun and to provide extra practice for students who need it.

Peterson Directed Handwriting is suitable for mostly independent work. For more information and/or to purchase this curriculum, click here.

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