I checked this book out from inter-library loan once again, after hoping to see it pop up anywhere for sale online, yet to no avail. So here is the scanned .pdf of this elusive workbook, and one of the very few Notehand resources out there. The original has perforated pages, so obviously they were meant to be handed in to a teacher in a classroom setting.
Just for comparison, the 1st and 2nd editions of the Notehand textbooks have 70 units (where the alphabet and principles are all taught within the first 42 units; the last 28 units contain review, drills and lots of reading practice). But Essentials has only 30 units total. It has much of the same material (including the note-taking chapters) that is found in the first 42 units of the textbooks, only the order is not the same and the units are shorter and perhaps condensed. I think the shorter lesson format of Essentials lends itself quite nicely to teaching children, in particular. What it has that the textbooks don't have are the self-checks and the technical terms I posted before. And, of course, it has the workbook format with blank lines for the student to fill in. It does include a key at the back. So, if you're looking for a quick way to learn Notehand, this is it, though I'd still recommend the textbooks for additional reading practice-- otherwise you'll miss out on the Sir Gawaine dragon story! (And for those who find the other editions boring because of too many business letters, Notehand does not have a business bent, for the most part. There are only a few business letters in the entire thing.)
So, without further ado, here is another offering on behalf of the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of Notehand! Enjoy!
Here's the link
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