We’ve Gone and Done It


After that last update about 8th grade in May, we went ahead and made it official.

  • Started planning college admissions more actively with Barbara, our fantastic college counselor.
  • Prepared kiddo to be sent off to a summer math program at HCSSiM in Amherst, MA.
  • And while kiddo was away, started writing my counselor documents – counselor letter, course descriptions and school profile. Then, polished and updated the transcript I had started way back when (kiddo was chronologically in 6th but finishing up 9th grade level work at the time).
  • When August came along, I told myself to be brave and skipped the kid to 12th grade for the 2016/17 school year.
  • Kiddo is checking the very last “requirement” boxes now…the ones we happily ignored while following a very pointy math journey.
  • Yes, in the end, things did turn out to be okay. All the worrying I did when kiddo was in 4th-5th-6th about looking like there will only be loads of math credits on the transcript and nothing else turned out to be just worries. The kid will have more than 10 math credits and also more than 4 each in english and science. History and foreign language at 4 and 5 respectively. A bunch more for electives.

This November, kiddo wrote and submitted all applications. Essays! Yes, they were actually written and polished! We had to brainstorm together but I think that’s something many families do. Still 14 after all, right? Oh my goodness, to think I used to be so nervous about writing ability. It caught up too. We celebrated with M&Ms and ice cream.

Now, we wait. If all goes well, I will have a 14-year-old college freshman in the 2017/18 academic year.

Proud of this kid and even more proud of how hard he works. (Shhh…and still worried for health, safety and everything else but hey, isn’t that what parents do? Worry all the time?)

We are still very pragmatic folks and if things don’t go well, we’ll just pick up where we left off and move forward. Homeschooling definitely seems to be wrapping up here but that’s a post for another day.

Randomly Recent

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these. Gee, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything here lol! What we’ve been learning about, playing with, reading, eating, watching, discussing, repeating, trying to remember to, asking, contemplating, etc. in no-particular-order: Continue reading “Randomly Recent”

Summer 2012

Some of us read, and read.

One of us traveled a lot and worked crazy hours. Some of us played.
One of us built and crashed stuff. Loudly.
Some of us read some more.
One of us moved up a level in piano lessons.
One of us rearranged the living room furniture (yet again).

Some of us did math (and love our Expo Magnetic Dry Erase Easel Board).

One of us went anagram-crazy.

One of us blogged. One of us didn’t as much.

Some of us tried a science experiment or two. And revived our love for all things David Attenborough.

One of us worked out. One of us didn’t (ack!).
Some of us kayaked and went paddle boarding too (one of us didn’t tag along due to the heat).
One of us complained a lot about the heat and may have glared angrily at the sun several times.

One of us thought some more about math and typed some of it up for a summer class (hurray!).

One of us is loving cheesy vocabulary videos (and happily rushing through the program because another one of us is too cheap to upgrade past the free trial period).

Some of us allowed our yard to become overgrown with grass, weeds and ivy. Some of us are upset about a pesky yard-invading ground squirrel.

Some of us tried hard to resist ice cream and succeeded for about a week.

One of us liberally copied Sheila’s blogging style.

Figuratively Speaking: Literary Excerpts

I plan for us to use this workbook to learn new literary terms and review the ones kiddo already knows. We are going at our own pace with this and may use our own sequence instead of the suggested order.

I am bookmarking links to the miscellaneous poems and texts peppered throughout the book, knowing that my curious guy will not be satisfied with reading only the excerpts. We’ll probably only choose a few of the original versions to read. Longer works have not been bookmarked — I will either use the excerpt in the workbook or check out the paperback versions if he wants me to.

  1. Denotation and Connotation: Autumn Within by Longfellow, The Rainy Day by Longfellow, Something by Hans Christian Andersen, and Home by Edgar A. Guest
  2. Hyperbole: One version of Johnny Appleseed, Pecos Bill Rides a Tornado retold, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain, Birth of Paul Bunyan retold, Flying Fish and other Dave Barry articles
  3. Idiom: A Story Without an End by Mark Twain, and an online idioms resource
  4. Imagery: The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, a nature poem (I couldn’t resist linking my favorite…The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy), and a painting to describe
  5. Metaphor and Simile: Taking Leave of a Friend by Li Po (scroll to bottom of the page), Jazz Fantasia by Carl Sandburg, She Sweeps With Many-Colored Brooms by Emily Dickinson, A Forest Hymn by William Cullen Bryant, Song of the Sky Loom (a Tewa traditional poem), Thirty-Five by Sarah Josepha Hale (I’m not able to find this one!), and Winter Dreams by Fitzgerald
  6. Oxymoron and Paradox: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  7. Personification: The Mice in Council by Aesop, Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and The Grass So Little Has To Do by Emily Dickinson
  8. Symbol: Mending Wall by Robert Frost, Beauty and the Beast, and Rose Symbolism (Wikipedia)
  9. Alliteration: The Ruin (from a blog post and includes interesting explanation), and because we love this device, purely for fun…Amusing Alliteration, and other examples
  10. Assonance and Consonance: The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe, The Hayloft by Robert Louis Stevenson, I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing by Walt Whitman, The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Arsenal at Springfield by Longfellow, Concord Hymn by Emerson, Ode on the Confederate Dead by Henry Timrod, Beat! Beat! Drums by Walt Whitman, There is a Solitude of Space by Emily Dickinson, Hampton Beach by Whittier, The First Snowfall by James Russell Lowell, The Marshes of Glynn by Sidney Lanier, The Outcast of Poker Flats by Bret Harte, War is Kind by Stephen Crane, Upon the Burning of Our House by Anne Bradstreet, Preface to God’s Determinations by Edward Taylor
  11. Form: A selection of haiku poems by Matsuo Basho, cinquains explained, a few limericks by Lear, a Skeltonic verse idea, catalog poetry, picture poems, and free verse
  12. Onomatopoeia (oh joy!): The Princess by Tennyson, Lepanto by G.K. Chesterton, The Congo by Vachel Lindsay, The Sound of the Sea by Longfellow, and Canto First by Shelley
  13. Parallelism: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  14. Repetition and Refrain: The Open Boat and Do Not Weep Maiden, for War is Kind by Stephen Crane, and Good Night Irene
  15. Rhyme: The Duel by Eugene Field, The Blessed Damozel by Dante Rossetti, and An Alphabet of Famous Goops by Gelett Burgess
  16. Rhythm: Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant, Sea Fever by John Masefield, Recessional by Rudyard Kipling, There Is No Frigate Like a Book by Emily Dickinson, Preludes by T.S. Eliot, and Song of the Redwood Tree by Walt Whitman
  17. Run-on and End-stopped Lines: The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls by Longfellow, and Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson
  18. Stanza: Trees by Joyce Kilmer, Be Strong by Maltbie Davenport Babcock, My Kate by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Ode to the West Wind by Percy Shelley
  19. Allusion: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  20. Characters and Characterization: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  21. Conflict: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  22. Dialect: A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns, and On Top of Spaghetti
  23. Dialogue: At Last by James Whitcomb Riley, and short story selections at Classic Shorts (specifically for this lesson I suggest A Telephonic Conversation by Mark Twain)
  24. Flashback: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  25. Foreshadowing: Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, and Cinderella
  26. Genre: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  27. Irony: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  28. Local Color: short story selections at Classic Shorts
  29. Mood and Tone: The Raven by Poe
  30. Moral and Theme: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing by Aesop
  31. Narrator/ Point of View: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  32. Plot: The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton, and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell.
  33. Poetic License: Mannahatta by Walt Whitman, and an e.e. cummings biography
  34. Pun: Hymn to God the Father by John Donne
  35. Rhetorical Question: The excerpts in the workbook will be sufficient for our study
  36. Satire, Parody, and Farce: L’Art by Ezra Pound, and Jurassic Park by Weird Al
  37. Story Within a Story: The Storyteller by Saki, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and A Story Without an End by Mark Twain
  38. Stream of Consciousness: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
  39. Surprise Ending: The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant, The Gift of the Magi and Hearts and Hands by
    O. Henry, An Inhabitant of Carcosa by Ambrose Bierce, and for The Third Level and The Face in the Photo by Jack Finney, there’s this affordable copy of About Time.
  40. Suspense: The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacob and Moxon’s Master by Ambrose Bierce

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A Whole Lotta Writing Going On

I never thought I’d be saying this but the kiddo is enjoying blogging very much these days. Oh I know it’s just a passing fancy. Totally not kidding myself there. But I’m so glad it’s happening and trying so hard not to look like I think it’s a big deal. Why? Well, the quickest way around here to bring a passing fancy to an end is to make a big deal out of it!

I started his blog for him when he was five. We called it The Amazing Adventures of Lightning Dash because he really loved the character Dash from The Incredibles. I would ask him if he wanted to say anything and he’d dictate it to me and I’d type the post for him. We’d choose images together but I’d do all the other stuff, the copying, pasting, publishing etc. For a while, it was a wonderful novelty for him to know that something he’d learned about and dictated to me was on the world wide web for everyone to see. Then, the novelty wore off. Although we updated it now and then, we basically let the blog die for a while.

Last year, I suggested he write reviews for some of the books he reads. I gave him a choice to either hand-write them (which I knew wouldn’t be completed) or to dictate them to me and I’d write them for him. After some discussion, we decided to try to resurrect the blog for book reviews. He seemed keen for a bit but it was obviously an effort. He might type a line or two but would often be frustrated by the slow pace. Instead of forcing him to go on, I volunteered again to be his scribe. It did upset me at times that he was struggling to type but I tried to be logical and remind myself that I wasn’t typing when I was eight either. Over-focusing on a very frustrating activity has never been productive around here.

This year, we’re trying another resurrection, under the name Math and Other Adventures. After the first two entries for the year, kiddo decided he wanted to type his own posts (Wooooohoooo!) and has been doing so every few days now. Of all things, he is motivated by his Google search ranking! When he first googled it, it wasn’t even in the top 10. Google Math and Other Adventures now and it’s there at 4th place. He wants it to be in first place. And I’d always thought this child will never be competitive. Who knew?

When I was a curriculum junkie, it pained me that we couldn’t entice him to try a typing curriculum. That we quickly abandon every writing curriculum we begin. That we can’t stick to a grammar program. I overcame the junkie bit but as a mom who likes to write, it did trouble me very much that my son hated writing.

I quickly assumed that this child will never write anything. I’ve despaired on many a homeschooling forum that my child is a reluctant and resistant writer.

I’ve wondered which teeth I’d have to pull to help him write his college application essays.

Ha! Today, he told me he really likes writing.

Never Say Never.

Randomly Recent…

Kiddo is reading (and re-reading): Bertrand Brinley’s Mad Scientists’ Club series.

and I am reading (extremely randomly, when the mood hits me): 


Kiddo’s glider from the Exploration Education kit is finally ready! We’re going at a snail’s pace with this kit (this is still only chapter 2 of 36 chapters) but that was the plan anyway. I’m happy to report he played a large part in assembling the glider and only needed my help with the more intricate gluing bits. We plan to test it properly at our neighborhood park (it’s been raining here so we haven’t had a chance to do so yet). Initial flight tests in our backyard have shown that we need to fine-tune the balance ever so often.¬†

The beginning: assembling the template and front section (all the parts are included in the kit).
That meter stick with red guardrails is from  another, unrelated experiment.
Halfway point: gluing balsa-wood sections together and reinforcing them.
Blow-drying the shrink-wrap.
The completed glider.

My latest project: Creative Journaling!

I was inspired to do this after stumbling upon some of the books below. I purchased the Artist’s Journal Workshop and it’s certainly revived my interest in expressing myself visually on paper.

The idea is to create a scrapbooky-journal feel without spending too much money on actual scrapbook supplies (i.e. to hand-illustrate as much as possible instead of cutting, gluing and pasting embellishments). So despite not having updated my paints and marker supply in ages, I decided that if I waited to buy more tools I’d never begin. Using some old markers and watercolor crayons plus kiddo’s watercolor pencils, I struck while the inspiration was hot this weekend:
This was inspired by kiddo’s profile while he was reading an online article on his laptop.
This was inspired by the quotation (from one of my notepads). The sketch of kiddo in the middle of the page
is based on a photo I’d taken of him when he was four years old. All hand-drawn except for the four captions.
Each page took about three or four hours to complete but it was so worth it. I hope I stay inspired enough to continue doing this for a long time. It’s been too many years since I created art just for myself. ūüôā

Year 4 Summer Update

I’ve been planning this post for a while. Finally found the time! We’ve been having a productive summer so far. We took a 2-week break for our Colorado visit and decluttering our home a little but are now back on track. Some of our activities this summer:

Yes, latest and not-so-latest flicks are very much a part of our summer curriculum! We watched Kungfu Panda 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Captain America: First Avenger. Kiddo watched The Green Lantern with his dad too. At home, the boys have completed their Stargate journey through Netflix instant streaming and are now watching Star Trek Voyager.

Juicing: This is a newer pursuit so I can’t say we’ve been doing it all summer :). I blogged about our inspiration here.¬†About a¬†week ago, a friend lent me her juice extractor and I’m really loving drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables every day. Kiddo likes¬†eating/ drinking the results too.

Physical Education:
Kiddo has been taking¬†30-minute, twice-a-week swim lessons since late April. His swim coaches have had to be extremely patient, believe me.¬†While he could swim enough to save his life, he wasn’t doing it efficiently. Lessons have helped him learn to breathe correctly and cut through the water more smoothly.

From taking ages to learn to position his arms and then¬†pivot his head properly for air, the boy has now progressed enough to earn praise from his instructor for his freestyle technique. He finally moved on to¬†the backstroke last week. He’s also gaining more stamina on the bicycle now. Every couple of weeks, dad and son¬†cycle to the grocery store and back, and this gives kiddo at least¬†10 miles¬†of cycling a¬†month. And oh, he has finally learned to climb a tree! (A short one, but still, it’s a tree!) ūüôā

M. C. Escher ¬ģ Kaleidocycles: An Illustrated Book and 17 Fun-to-Assemble Three-Dimensional ModelsAmazing Paper Pets: 6 Animated Animals to MakeCreating: We bought a small Zome kit while in Colorado.¬†He’s using it to make¬†cool structures. His dad has been taking advantage of the cheaper model airplane kits in Korea (he flies there for business often) so both the guys have been painting parts and assembling them. Kiddo and I made a number of kaleidocycles from the Escher book pictured on the left and one paper pet (a goat) from the Rob Ives book on the right. The boys tried woodburning last year;¬†experimenting with woodcarving now!

From L to R: painting the parts of a Hawker Seahawk airplane, Scowly the paper pet goat and a Zometool creation.

Homeschooling: I had planned for some¬†summer learning to bridge to what he’ll learn in the fall.¬†So he’s been spending some dedicated time on Ellen McHenry’s Excavating English (to better appreciate his German studies) as well as the following books:

Hands-On Geometry: Constructions with Straightedge and Compass, Grades 4-6Map Reading, Latitude, Longitude and Time, Grades 5 - 8+ Answer Atlas (Rand McNally)

Since we have done very little of formal geometry and geography, the two workbooks on the left have been useful to prep him in these subject areas. The Answer Atlas is a good supplement to the Map Reading workbook as it provides more detail than our kitchen table map and Smart Globe.

He’s also been playing with more number patterns and has been watching The Great Courses’ The Art and Craft of Problem Solving for fun. Here’s a snapshot of what he and dad¬†doodled on the whiteboard in¬†early July (we’re calling it hexagonal numbers exploration for now). I’ll write separate reviews of the homeschooling¬†resources he’s been using when I can!

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

A friend of mine clued me in to this program and I must say it’s made me take my health a lot more seriously than I thought it would. If you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch the docu-movie instantly. Here’s a trailer:

That same friend lent me her extra juice extractor! Juicing has become a very enjoyable pursuit and I had to mention it here because you just never know! It could be something you might love too, dear reader.

I eventually hope to begin a juice-fast (have already taken the first step by replacing my morning coffee with fresh¬†juice). What’s great is that kiddo is embracing this new routine too. I was afraid he’d be put off by the less sweet taste of some of the juices vs store-bought options but he’s really taking it in his stride. It also helps that I include sweeter fruit to balance taste lol.

We’ve been drinking plenty of apple and carrot combinations, tried a delicious celery and¬†watermelon recipe¬†and have also made pure fruit popsicles using ripe mangoes. Mmmm…delicious stuff! He eats regularly while having the juices (not recommended for growing children to juice-fast). I find myself feeling satiated enough by juice to reduce food intake (yay!). And the energy burst is amazing. I won’t say it’s a miracle or anything like that. I’ve only been doing it for about a week and still¬†tire¬†easily but I feel¬†lighter (despite not having lost any weight yet) and somehow, more enthusiastic about doing physical work lol.

A Week of Mystery and Murder

I’ve praised, heartily and several times on this blog,¬†Unjournaling, a fun writing prompt book by Dawn diPrince¬†and Cheryl Miller Thurston. Every few weeks, I suggest to the kiddo to take a lookie through it to see if any prompt appeals to him and because it’s just the kind of book to get him excited about writing,¬†he¬†gleefully agrees, often hiding his writing behind one hand so that I won’t peek and then declaring that he’s done and watching with eager anticipation to see what I think of it.

I’m reproducing his latest write-up here, errors and all,¬†with his happy permission…can you tell that I’m raising a mystery-loving Anglo-phile?

From prompt 154:

Me: Hi!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Cheerio, old chap.
Me: So, what’s this I hear about? Some book called “The Complete Sherlock Holmes”? Sounds quite exiciting!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Yes, it is. It’s about a detective called Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr Watson.
Me: Yes, I know. I’ve actually read it. I’m from another time.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: What!
Me: Yes, it’s true.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Good joke, old chap.
Me: I’m telling you, it’s true!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: You cheeky little blighter! Anyway, I must be getting on. It’s almost suppertime.
Me: Oh, all right. Bye!

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeI love that ending…don’t you? So…unaffected and abrupt. After being called a blighter too (whatever that is). And that bit about¬†asking the man about his book and then saying he’s read it already…it is just so typical of the kiddo. Yes, I’ve sort of given up asking for drafts and edits and rewrites. I take whatever he gives gratefully. And am even enjoying it. ūüôā

The FunSchoolers have been dabbling in darker deeds¬†this week, oh yes…we’ve just read aloud The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde¬†and loved it, although I must admit certain bits got a little too descriptive and rambling¬†for the both of us. But I still think the writing is absolutely exquisite and¬†regret not reading this when I was younger; I regret allowing myself to have had only a misrepresented understanding of it through Hollywood productions. The kiddo, although he already knew what it was about from having heard of it mentioned in other books, was thankfully, less influenced by the movie versions.

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New YorkAnother book that fueled his interest in mystery, poisons and¬†forensics was¬†The Poisoner’s Handbook. It is subtitled ‘Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York’, so you get the idea. The boy loves poisons (even gave a presentation on the powers of cyanide and arsenic to a group of homeschoolers once) so finding this at one of our fave bookstores¬†was a stroke of good luck for him. I have no idea if it is age appropriate as I haven’t read it. He’s already too deeply involved in such pursuits for me to censor them.

AlibiWe roped in the hubby as a reluctant¬†accomplice and have been playing Alibi a lot these past couple of weeks. The game has mixed reviews on Amazon but we find it¬†intriguing–after the initial learning curve required to¬†use the clue sheet–because it really requires one to stay sharp.
As a reviewer mentions, it can feel quite unwieldly to hold all those cards so I wouldn’t suggest this for a child with smaller hands unless accommodations are made for him/her. But if you have a mystery-addict, chances are¬†the discomfort will¬†be a tiny price to pay.¬†

More from Simon Basher…

We are huge fans of the Simon Basher¬†books…Periodic Table, Astronomy etc.

So it was quite a joyful eyeful to see that 3 more books are scheduled to be released this July…
Math: A Book You Can Count On
Punctuation: The Write Stuff (but I do wish they would do away with this cliched subtitle)
and Chemistry: Getting A Big Reaction.


Poetry: Something Else Unschooled

From A Child’s Introduction to Poetry

This is a post for the days in the future when I wonder why we didn’t “do” any poetry.

Every effort to “school” poetry has fallen flat. Poetry in the academic sense is just not his cup of tea. But he will pick up any book on poetry that’s prettily illustrated all on his own and spend many minutes (notice I don’t say hours) poring over it. He will pick it up again readily a day, days or weeks later with the same enthusiasm, not getting bored despite having read a poem before. But ask him to recite it, memorize it, do something with it other than analyze its rhyming structure (this he loves for some reason) and I would get the blankest stare possible. He has written a poem or two before this. He just wants nothing to do with studying it for anything other than enjoyment…which I guess, is what poetry is for isn’t it?

From Hip Hop Speaks To Children and
And Then There Were Eight: Poems About Space

Anthologies/ collections he has enjoyed very much:

The following websites are among a few that I have found helpful with ideas/ activities of a poetic nature, if you, like us, follow a delight-directed path:

Poetry 4 Kids
Jack Prelutsky helps boys to love poetry
Poetry Teachers
On Teaching Poetry in Schools
Poetry for Homeschoolers

Becky over at the FarmSchool blog wrote this excellent post listing poetry resources back in March for National Poetry Month 2009.

And among the first poems he read after our move to the US were by this poet.

The Sad Sailor

Published with the kiddo’s permission.

The Sad Sailor
I once met a sailor that sailed to sea,
He looked happy in his rich family,
“And how was the voyage, may I ask?”
“My expression is just a mask.”
The kiddo wrote this a few days ago. When I asked him what inspired him, he said he just felt like it. He is usually a reluctant writer but when the mood hits him, he’d write something with perfect spelling and punctuation (but not always perfect grammar/ syntax but I won’t be picky) and I’d just want to squeeze the breath out of him with hugs ūüôā He has this ongoing Just So Stories-style fables project…gosh you should read those!!

It’s days like these that make me feel a lot less worried about not doing any formal writing with him (other days, I’m fretfully eyeing something like Brave Writer or Write With The Best and wondering if I should take the plunge).

He gave me his permission to publish only this piece. He must like it a lot ūüôā Perhaps one day, he’ll finish those fables and we could bind them into a book and he’d let me share them here too.
Well, a homeschooling Mom can hope can’t she?

Cursive…What Would You Use?

DS has expressed eager interest in learning cursive. I honestly didn’t think we would be approaching this issue till at least Year 3 or 4. So I’m at a loss. I don’t write in cursive unless you can count my hurried scrawl cursive writing. I’ve always prefered print.

These are some of the cursive/ italics resources I’m researching currently. Would love to know if my dear reader has an opinion.

Italics, Beautiful Handwriting for Children by Penny Gardner
I have Penny’s downloadable edition and it seems like a perfect guide to pursue in our free time. But I’m not sure if it will fit DS’s reason for learning it right now. He says he wants to learn cursive in order to read cursive writing. He has been able to read almost everything in cursive up to now so I’m wondering if there’s something more to his wanting to learn it than just that. I believe it may have something to do with his interest in codes as well.

Handwriting Without Tears – Grade 3 Cursive Handwriting by Jan Olsen
I’ve heard good things about this series. Need to check it out further.

Queen Homeschool’s Pictures in Cursive series
These look beautiful…combining cursive lessons with picture study (neat idea!!) but I’m not sure if DS’s interest will be sustained long enough to complete a book. I really don’t want to buy another book or series and have him (and me too) lose interest and not finish it and leave it languishing on our shelf.

Cursive Writing Made Easy and FunThis is what I’m leaning most towards. Seems to provide good intro activities other than just the lines and letters to trace over. Sounds more like his sort of thing. The price for a new book is exorbitant so we’ll probably settle for a gently used copy.