Is anyone teaching with the Italic Handwriting Series by Getty & Dubay or another italic handwriting book? I would like to create copywork pages in italic. I found on the SCM website under the copywork section the copywork generator link passed along by Lori K. The link is wonderful only I need one for Italic handwriting. Does anyone know of a free or for purchase copywork generator similar to the Worksheet Works that offers italic?
Yes, I know of a program to make italic handwriting. You need to download it. I’ll post it in a few minutes…
Ok – here it is – btw – Italic handwriting is harder to create because the joins depend on what letter is being joined to what letter…. so it isn’t a straight font…
Go into “The italic project”
Pick “Teaching Aids”
Now you get information on getting the font and the joiner program, how to install, and how to use.
So you would be downloading a font. This font is a nice italic printing font.
Then you download the joiner program, which turns the printing into italic handwriting…..
In short – you create a Unicode Text format file – you might have to try a few different Unicode options…
Then run the Joiner program and point it to the file you created. It will make a new file
Open the file it created (it will look funny) then select the correct font (Briam I think it is called) and you will have Italic Handwriting.
It sounds worse than it really is… I’ve done it a number of times, and after the first time or two, it is easy.
Oh – and that site has LOTS of great free resources for italic handwriting. If I had been braver, I would have designed my own little course using it.
I’m teaching Italic and using StartWrite. It isn’t free. I think it was around $40 but I can totally customize copywork for each child, adjusting the size of the letters, writing with directional arrows, dashed lines, etc. I love it. I take maybe half an hour once a week and type up what I want them to write. Neither of them are ready to copy straight from a book or other source, so this is working very well.
But the D’Nealian style doesn’t join the letters…
Does the StartWrite do the various types of joins?
Thank you all so much. Your quick responses are much appreciated and most helpful. I will explore these soon. I did find http://educationalfontware.com/ that offers many different fonts. This one must be purchased and I do not have any experience with it but am passing it along as information to you all.
Thank you. I was looking for the fontware site the other day and couldn’t remember what it was for the life of me.
I also do as Hope and use Handwritingworksheets.com also. It is simple and quick and free. 🙂
I enjoyed exploring briem.net the italic project, Startwrite and handwritingworksheets.com. Thank you all for the information. My daughter and I really like italic handwriting. I do find that the briem.net is a great website for italic handwriting and user friendly so I will learn this site and/or use StartWrite which is great also. Thank you for letting me know what works for you all and thank you,suzukimom, for the detailed instructions for briem.net.
Your welcome. I know the software isn’t super easy – but once you’ve done it once or twice, it is. And it makes SUCH lovely italic handwriting (and a nice font for italic print that is as easy as any font.)
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