Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Level 4



Handwriting, Grade 4

This level provides cursive practice with a smidgen of tongue-in-cheek humor as well as Latin language exposure.


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Catholic Heritage Handwriting 4 is suitable for grades 4-6 and teaches cursive handwriting skills without overwhelming the student with too much seatwork. Assignments will leave your student looking forward to the next penmanship lesson. Includes four penmanship assignments per week for 36 weeks. 

What makes Catholic Heritage Handwriting 4 so popular?

  • Spiral Top-Binding
    Each handwriting workbook is spiral bound at the top of the page, so it is equally comfortable for both “lefties” and “righties,” with no center or edge binding to get in the way of good penmanship.
  • Single-Sided
    Pages are single-sided, which means there are no grooves or holes from the other side of the page to write over. Every page is a fresh start, reducing frustration for your child and allowing you to remove any page easily for display.
  • Humor and Latin
    Catholic Heritage Handwriting 4 provides cursive practice with a smidgen of tongue-in-cheek humor, as well as classical and Church Latin language exposure.

Recommended core text in CHC Lesson Plans for Fourth Grade.

Product Code: CHH4
Format: Softcover
Binding: Top spiral bound
Page Count: 77 single-sided pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9780977123698
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: None required.

Nancy Nicholson is one of the founding authors of Catholic Heritage Curricula. Equipped with an abundance of God-given talent, a major in Secondary Education–English, and years of experience homeschooling her own children, she has written over thirty educational titles, beginning with Little Stories for Little Folks. Her unique ability to develop programs and workbooks that “fit” both advanced and struggling students is due to her experience raising children of different ability levels and learning styles: two of her children are developmentally challenged, while another went on to graduate from Harvard and is now a college professor.

Q: What cursive style is taught in Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Levels 3 and 4

A: Levels 3 and 4 teach a no-frills, student-friendly cursive style, similar, but not identical, to Zaner-Bloser Simplified. The very significant difference between the two styles is that every lower case letter Catholic Heritage Handwriting cursive begins at the bottom line, somewhat, but not identical, to D’Nealian cursive. This is significant, as the formation of each letter begins at the same point, providing a consistency that facilitates formation and linkage of letters.

Q: What is recommended after Level 4?

A: The Catholic Heritage Handwriting series is aimed at Kindergarten through approximately 4th grade. (Level 4 may be used for cursive practice at any grade level, after Level 3.) Because the student work load begins to intensify in middle school, parents often drop Penmanship as a separate course at this juncture.

For those who wish to continue handwriting practice beyond Catholic Heritage Handwriting, Level 4, the student may gain penmanship practice by neatly completing lessons from CHC’s My Catholic Speller Series. In this fashion, students may continue to hone handwriting skills without overload, or adding to curriculum cost, with yet another book.

Q: My child is left-handed. Do you have any tips on teaching him to write?

A: CHC’s Catholic Heritage Handwriting is designed with spiral binding at the top specifically to make writing easier for ‘lefties.’

Lefties often have difficulty with smudging as their hand passes over what has just been written. One way of reducing this problem is to avoid the softer-leaded #2 pencil, opting instead for a harder #3 pencil.

Another trick to facilitate writing is to tell the student to aim the top of his pencil at his left shoulder, keep his upper arm close to his body, and tilt his paper to the right.

Also, he should grip the pencil about two inches away from the lead. I know that this seems strangely high up on the pencil, but the grip moves the child’s hand up and away from what he is writing, which permits him to view the letters as he forms them. All of these tricks will improve the child’s penmanship.

“Our lefty really appreciates the top spiral bound handwriting books. BRILLIANT!!!” —Cristina, SC

My girls enjoy that the pages flip from the top (spiral bound) saying this allows them to freely write without a “bump” in their way. The Latin phrases and prayers included for copy work, as well as the cute riddles, keep them learning, interested, and laughing too.

Photo submitted by Jacqueline, FL.

There have never been any tears or fighting when it’s handwriting time, thanks to these great workbooks. I love the Catholic content that runs through them and they love the jokes in them or trying to read some of the Latin.

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