When I learned that we were receiving a product from Zeezok publishing to review, I was hopeful that I would receive one of their composer books. I must admit I was disappointed when the package came in the mail and I received Presidential Penmanship DN Style. Then I began reading the quotes in the Jr. High version of the copywork program. I was so moved by many of them. Heidi, who oversees the crew, has often said that God knows what you will be sent and there's a reason you receive it. Boy is she right! I will get a lot of use out of the presidential quotes found in Presidential Penmanship DN Style, not only as copywork, but also as character lessons.
If we take the route of the permanent handout, the American character will itself be impoverished. -Richard Nixon.
To me, that quote is prophecy. I try not to get too political, I find it devisive. But I think every Christian knows that the moral character of this country has diminished by great proportion in the last half-century. Couldn't Richard Nixon's words above have predicted the measure of our nation's character today? I spent a lovely evening reading the presidential quotes from all the presidents and found many of them to be either a prediction of the state of the country in 2010 or just a wonderful word spoken into my life.
The CD itself is a great value. There is enough copywork on this one CD to cover your child's entire education. The PDFs are divided by grade level from 1st through 6th grade. Then there is a JR. High version and a Sr. High version. In each edition, the quotes are original, so your students won't get bored and say, "I copied this last year!" Cursive begins with the grade 3 version. In each version, the beginning lessons are shorter and build up to longer paragraphs by the end of the year.
The Jr. and Sr. High versions contain 108 quotes. But these quotes are not just for copywork. They are great for memorization. I also think I may take a few and make posters for the boys to read regularly to enhance their character.
The concept itself is not rocket science. Each page has a quote written in cursive or manuscript, in the lower grades, with lined space below on which the student can copy the quotes. If you wanted to avoid printing all the pages, your child could write their quotes in a notebook or sheet of ruled paper while viewing that day's quote on the computer screen. Could you create a similar product on your own? Sure. But finding these quotes would be difficult and time consuming. I'm telling you, there are some real gems there! But for $39.99 you get years of copywork AND character lessons on one CD. All you have to do is print the quotes for your child to copy and slip into a notebook.
I'm glad I received Presidential Penmanship from Zeezok. I would have missed a great learning experience for myself as I read the words of past presidents and reflected on where our country is today. I will be using these quotes around our house, not only for our homeschool, for years and years. They would make great jumping off points for essays, too! Or just use a quote for a discussion starter over the supper table. You will not only copyr copy work/language arts, but also civics by using this CD.
Zeezok has lots of great products. A catalogue of products was included on the handwriting CD I received. Spend some time on their website to learn more about the products they have to offer. If you'd like to contact them, you find that information here. And, as always, read the reviews of my other crew members. Mine is NEVER the only opinion. And the crew is reviewing other products from Zeezok, so you may find another item you'd like to get here.
Zeezok provided me with a free copy of Presidential Penmanship DN Style Complete Program to test and use in order to write this review.