Currently, for handwriting we are using the following:
They each do one page 3-4 days per week. Normally, I would consider this to be Christopher's last year of handwriting (he's 11), but his handwriting is quite terrible and he still doesn't capitalize sentences or 'I' for some reason. So I think he will be continuing. He also needs quite a bit more practice with cursive writing. I know a lot of people say cursive isn't necessary anymore, but I still want them to be able to write in it. At the very least, I want them to be familiar enough with cursive to be able to read it when they come across it.
- Getty-Dubay Italics A for Rose (5).
Rose normally does one page of handwriting two days per week. We follow the schedule Sonlight provides. I am not sure yet if I will switch her to Zaner Bloser when she finishes or continue with the italics. I do love the prettiness of the italics! However, the books themselves aren't as fun and pretty as the Zaner-Bloser books. GD books are very sparse books, with a single black and white illustration on most pages. The Zaner-Bloser books are full-color and include little extras like poems, fun facts, photos, and reading suggestions. Not that any of that makes my boys leap for their books with joy, as I said earlier;). But I think Rose would get a kick out of them.
I also have two kids learning to type this year-Christopher and James. We have been using Typing Instructor, and it is very popular with both boys. I can't really provide a detailed review, because I have never sat down and tried it myself or really paid much attention to it when it was on. But I will say that their typing skills are improving, so it must be working. They love the games and they love that they can each sign in with their own account. This is one of the few subjects that I never get a complaint about!