Typeable Calendar, Charts, Handwriting

During the past two weeks, I have added to donnayoung.org:

Horizontal Calendar “Clean”

Several visitors requested a one-month typeable calendar and so I made one. The calendar is in both doc and pdf format.
Only the doc format is typeable.

If you do not own software that will open doc format and if you have fast internet access, consider downloading Open Office from http://www.openoffice.org/. Open Office is a free office suite.

Math Charts

multiplication chartsI am changing many of the navigation menus at DY this year. I changed the math menu for Charts and I added a few multiplication charts.

Homemade Handwriting Lessons

During our many years of homeschooling, we did a lot of homemade lessons. The web page: Homemade Handwriting Lessons at handwriting-composition-book.htm describes how I made remedial cursive handwriting lessons for my daughter using a bound composition notebook.

There are two other web pages at DY that describe a process of making handwriting lessons with a word processor. Those two web pages can be seen at Handwriting > Tips

Happy Homeschooling!
Donna Young

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  1. says

    I like the handwriting lessons in the composition book. It keeps it all there together. Thanks for the instructions. :)

    Just read your left handers tip. I have two left-handers. One writes only in print. The other is too young to learn cursive yet. When my son was learning to cursive write, Rod & Staff curriculum said for the right handers to tilt their papers to the left and left handers tilt their papers to the right. This wasn’t a penmanship curriculum, just something in one of their books.

    Sorry for the long post.

  2. says

    The composition handwriting book is good for keeping it all in one place. A person could put around 300 lessons in one composition book. If a child did handwriting 3 times a week, that would be almost 3 years of work. 😀

    You have two lefties? I thought for a while Holly would be a lefty; she kept switching from left to right then back. She settled on using her right hand writing like a lefty with her hand above the words she is writing instead of under. When I discovered that was how it was going to be, paper tilt became an issue. She tilts her paper a little to the left; it is almost straight up.

  3. says

    Yes, two lefties here. I don’t know where they came from. Willaim and I are both righties. My youngest is also left footed. :)

    Neither of them write with their hand above the word. Both write well, except my son’s handwriting is about 1/8th of an inch high. His math teacher has to get about an inch from the paper to see it. 😆

    I really like the idea of having the composition book for three years. They can see their improvment. I am going to start one tonight. Thanks. :smile:

  4. says

    I was playing around with your type-able calendar and decided it would be cool to add photos to it. But when I do, I mess up the column sizing a bit. Can you tell me how to keep the columns equal? With the pictures inside of the spaces? Thanks.

    BTW~ it looks really cool.

  5. says

    Michielle using images while not messing up column width could be accomplished a couple of ways, maybe more.

    The first would be to resize the image so that it is small.

    Another way would be to format the image so that it sits behind text and columns. Image formating is described here:

    A problem with formating an image to be behind text in a table is that it is difficult to change once it is unselected because it is behind everything, it is hard to reselect.

  6. says

    Thanks Donna,
    I will play with it a bit today, since we are at blizzard proportions with the snow. If I get it right can I upload it to my blog for others to see if I link back to you?

    I’ll email you.

  7. says

    What a fabulous idea! I never thought about doing handwriting in a notebook. I am not sure why not because all the other homework is in spiral bounds. My daughter really needs work with her handwriting, but it just seems to be one of those things that gets pushed aside.

  8. Michelle says

    Hi Donna,
    First of all, thank you-thank you-thank you for your willingness to share all of your hard work. Your site has helped me so much! I am beginning to use your weighted points version of the grading excel workbook & was wondering if there was an easy way to incorporate quizzes into a sheet?

    I’ll email you

  9. says

    I really need to work on the hand writing of both my kids. The girl’s is getting a bit better but the boy’s hasn’t improved very much. Their dad wants them to have better penmanship that he has – not many can read his printing, let alone writing, though I can do so about 90% of the time 😆

  10. says


    John inherited his dad’s angular handwriting at the age of 9 or 10. John was doing okay until he saw his dad’s handwriting and he inherited it on sight. 😕

  11. says

    I’m sorry John inherited his dad’s writing. I refuse to let my kids inherited their father’s handwriting. I should say chicken scratch. 😆

    I hope your resolve is powerful enough. I was amazed at the instant transformation of John’s penmanship. It was like watching metamorphosis in reverse. I was helpless. 😥
    😉 DY

  12. says

    Oh, I forgot to say I started a book for daughter #3. She is enjoying it and has not complained about it. :smile: Next step is to make one for the other girl.

    That’s good news! 😀