Years ago my oldest did Getty Dubay handwriting and I thought it much improved his writing. I had since forgotten it. We have tried several other curriculums with my younger children and not had much success. My younger son is in 1st grade, but was very under-developed when it came to handwriting, so i started him at the beginning with Book A. It's only been a few weeks, he's halfway through the book and I'm thoroughly impressed! I cannot believe how much he's improved.
He's improved so much that I'm going to purchase this handwriting for my 3rd grader whose been doing D'Nealian Cursive. Her handwriting is just ok. Her cursive is far more advanced than her manuscript, though it's not wonderful. Her 1st grader brothers' manuscript is now way more advanced than hers. So, we are switching gears for her as well and I expect to see improvement after she unlearns some bad habits.
My daughter is a slob at writing so I thought for a summer project I would get the set, her writing has improved after book A now she is on to book B and loves doing the practice and is making a big difference, this isn't just for beginners, its great for anyone wanting to improve!!
I really like the idea behind this program. But I wish that there were more practice pages included in the workbook. Just a few lines for each letter. I've gotten my own blank handwriting notebook for my son to do extra practice in, because this just isn't giving him what he needs. It's great for teaching the letter form, but it's not enough practice for him to really get it down. The fact that I have to have something in addition takes down the value of the workbook for me....and I could have probably gotten away with just getting the teacher's manual and using my own handwriting notebook.
My youngest child is starting his homeschool adventure learning Italics handwriting, like his three older siblings. I like this workbook because it doesn't show two different types of handwriting but uses one way and then connectors to make it italics cursive. There is a lot of practice and the instructions are simple. I've greatly enjoyed using Italics handwriting as my children's forum in to writing.