Notes About Lesson Document formatting

1) Adapting Documents to Learners

You can change the contents of the Word document to suit your learner.
For example, if there is too much text, simplify it. If the font is too small - enlarge it.

2) Cursive fonts for Word Lists

The words on most of the Word Lists in these lessons are currently provided in the font Comic Sans.
This does not provide a model of how the word should look for learners who are learning modified cursive.

David Landau did some research about handwriting and came across some sites that might be helpful in the context of the Hickey method:, and

In addition,he found a font that might be useful for the Hickey material to represent handwriting in the word list.

You can access the fonts here:

The “precursive” font looks more like hand-printing, though the letters are not connected:

precursive new

The “precursive new arrow” font is the same font with the addition of arrows that represent the stroke direction for forming the letters (useful if you want to make up practice sheets for learners having trouble with letter formation):

precursive new arrow

The “precursive new dotted line” font is the same font in the form of dotted lines, to give the learner a “template” to trace in forming the letters:

precursive new dotted line

(Look at this additional font website for two possibilities you can download free of charge - Boring Boring and Stero Hi-Fi -
but both require some manual adjustments.) Other font suggestions are welcome. 

3) Changing Color Pictures to Grayscale for printing

If pictures for a story are in color and you do not have or want to use color printing, you can change the display format of the pictures in the document to gray tones. The results may be less visually interesting, but it will save the expense of color ink cartridges.

4) A note on formatting:
These documents were created in Microsoft Word 2000 under Windows XP Professional.
If you are using other software versions, or even on a computer with different settings, the documents may not display in their original format. For instance, a line of text may wrap to the next line or page when displayed on your computer. The boxes on a word list or story may spill over to the next page.

To solve this problem, the documents are also provided in PDF (Portable Document Format) versions. These are not editable, but they are more stable when viewed on other versions of operating system and application software.

Please report formatting issues to


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