I love the beauty and artistry of cursive writing. Unfortunately handwriting is something that comes with lots of tears (at least for my oldest son) in our home school And yet I know there is so much he can gain through mastery of cursive writing. So I was really really excited to be one of the reviewers chosen for the CursiveLogic curriculum.
So how does it work? What’s so logical about it anyway?
Well, the CursiveLogic curriculum consists of a 96 page full color spiral bound CursiveLogic Workbook containing teacher instruction and practice pages. There are also three dry-erase surfaces that reinforce all of CursiveLogic’s key exercises, to practice the four CursiveLogic letter strings. These pages are intelligent, logical lessons students work through in a five-step process. In this way, and in no time at all, they will be able to write the lowercase alphabet, connecting letters fluidly, at the same time.
There are two key features to this program that make it so great!
Letters are grouped by shape ― There are four foundational shapes within the entire lowercase alphabet. CursiveLogic groups the lowercase alphabet into four groups based upon the shape of the initial stroke of the letters, teaching all of the similarly-shaped letters in one single lesson. Letters are also taught in a specific order that is meant to reinforce the pattern. By teaching all similar letters together, the natural synergy of the alphabet itself, allows each letter in the series to reinforce the proper formation of all the others.
Letter strings ― CursiveLogic captures the flow of cursive by teaching all of the similarly shaped letters in a connected string rather than as individual letters. These letter strings teach students to connect letters from the very first lesson. Students learn to internalize the flow of cursive handwriting even before they have learned all 26 letters.
As the students learn, there are also a number of visual and auditory cues to reinforce shape patterns. Color coding is used to keep together the common shapes, in a shape string. At the same time there are verbal task analyses which encourage the student to learn a simple, rhythmical chant meant to describe the path of the writing as the shapes of letters are formed.
This is great for kids that are very kinetic (like my oldest) who just cannot sit quietly and work. In any activity he is involved in, I find he does better when he is wholly involved in learning, much like this program requires.
Each lesson includes tracing basic shapes, letters, connected and individual, as well as words with and without guides. Students are quickly writing words at the end of each lesson which gives feelings of great confidence! At the end of each lesson is a summary to ensure that there is proficiency in that particular area before moving on to the next lesson. The dry erase is an excellent tool for when there is additional practice needed. CursiveLogic does an excellent job of breaking down each letter and lesson into simple, practical shapes and forms that guarantee a feeling of success for our children!
My boys who are 9 and 5 really enjoyed using this program. My oldest son dreads and struggles with handwriting; my five year old son loves learning how to write his letters; my three year old daughter even enjoys tracing the letters with us. We do this together every day. Sometimes we are doing the same page again and again, until we are comfortable with the shapes and the form flows for each of us. For my boys its important for us to exercise these skills daily; it helps that the exercises are simple, short and fun (when using the verbal cues as we go along). My oldest especially needs constant repetition when it comes to handwriting and my younger son and daughter just have so much enthusiasm for these lessons. My daughter loves how pretty the letters are.
The CursiveLogic curriculum has far exceeded my expectations honestly. I love that this was created! For all three of my children handwriting has a new, special meaning. My oldest being the artist that he is sees the potential for artistic expression, in handwriting, more than before. My younger two love the “fun” that it is making the various shapes, they enjoy looping around, twirling the pencil, writing has become like music and dance to them. Its great to see all of them, seeing handwriting, in a way that has great meaning to them.
This method of learning cursive, it is far more successful. Our children can learn faster see a greater reward as they learn and gain confidence in every lesson they complete. I am a firm believer in the benefits of children learning cursive writing. This program is one that guarantees learning will be a success for everyone!
Who loves freebies?
CursiveLogic has created some excellent e-books with free practice pages to use along with their curriculum, and they are being kind enough to allow us to share these with YOU! These are excellent materials to use after the lessons for continual practice and reinforcement of learning skills. 🙂 What a great way to see for yourself what this program can do.