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Handwriting by George Vol. 2

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Handwriting by George Vol. 2

by Cynthia Shearer


Quick Overview

Each volume of Handwriting by George contains 27 or 28 entries from George Washington's noted book Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company & Conversation. Each entry is printed on double-ruled paper for students to copy as penmanship practice. Opposite each handwriting page is a space for the student to depict the rule according to his or her own unique (and quite possibly humorous) perspective. While Washington's musings on etiquette and social interaction were originally written for young ladies and gentlemen of the 18th century, they are more than applicable to kids of today


Some years ago, the Shearer children were practicing their handwriting in their handwriting workbooks – the kind with the nicely spaced ruled lines to help in keeping the letters equally sized – but were finding the standard sentences more than a bit boring. Cyndy had just run across a reprint of one of George Washington’s own schoolbooks. When he was sixteen, he had begun copying maxims for polite behavior into his schoolbooks. The rules described the behavior of a gentleman, and many claim that they greatly influenced Washington’s attitudes and standards for his own behavior. Cyndy and the children found that they were having some very interesting discussions based on Washington’s maxims. “Show nothing to your friend that might affright him” kicked off a discussion about no tormenting guests with scary insects, etc. Other rules address issues involving putting others first and self last – and other ways to show respect to those around us. Each volume is printed on 8”x10” ruled sheets with space to copy each rule at least once, and often 2 or 3 times. There is also a framed space on the facing page where children are encouraged to draw their own illustration for the rule. Drawing time makes a nice break from handwriting practice! 62 pages, paperback.

Additional Information

ISBN 9781882514373
Author Cynthia Shearer
Age Group 6-8
Book Type paperback

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