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Cursive Writing and Penmanship Camp #4

Cursive Writing and Penmanship Camp #4

An introduction to cursive writing for anyone who is interested in learning to write beautifully and increase speed. In order to have legible writing we will focus on 4 areas – shape, size, spacing, and slant.

This course can be taken by students who are younger than grade 3 or older than grade 5 if they wish to learn cursive writing; however, the grade 3-5 age range is more likely to be represented.



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Required Materials:

  • Lined paper for cursive writing (With a solid blue top line, broken blue middle line, solid red bottom line). Spacing is best at a minimum of 1 1/2 cm from top line to bottom line, no smaller.)
  • White paper
  • Pencil, pencil crayons or crayons
  • Folder to store work


Melissa Browne holds an Honors BA in Anthropology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada as well as an Honors Certificate in TESL. Melissa taught English in Peru for almost a decade in various settings, including language institutes and a Waldorf-inspired school. She also earned a certificate in Waldorf Pedagogy in Peru. Upon returning to Canada, she began her journey in Classical education. By God’s grace, in her search for solid Christ-centered pedagogy and curriculum to continue homeschooling her children, she found and pursued the Classical Christian model. Providentially, a new Classical Christian school opened in her neighborhood where she now teaches grade 3/4.

A love for children paired with the responsibility to point students to all that is good, true, and beautiful according to Christ as the center of wisdom and virtue is fundamental to Melissa’s teaching philosophy. In addition to teaching at a Classical Christian school, she serves in Children’s Ministry at her church. During the long Canadian winter, good books and board games abound and the summers are filled with swimming at the beach, and gardening. Cooking, fellowship, and hospitality are year-long joys.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.



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