Do you have a desire to teach your student cursive? Is the thought daunting? CursiveLogic offers a 96 page full color CursiveLogic Workbook containing the teacher instruction and practice pages. Four intelligent, logical lessons work through a five-step process, in which students will be able to write the lowercase alphabet, connecting letters fluidly.
Letters are grouped by shape: Four foundational shapes underlie the entire lowercase alphabet. The four lessons sort the alphabet into these four basic shapes. CursiveLogic teaches all of the similar letters in separate lessons, simplifying the learning process.
Letter strings: Rather than teaching letters individually, CursiveLogic teaches all of the letters that share a common shape in a connected string. This allows the letters to reinforce each other and means students are writing cursively from the very beginning.
Color coding: Each letter string has a theme color that helps students remember the shape.
Catch phrases: CursiveLogic uses “verbal task analysis,” or saying an action verbally as it is performed manually, to aid the development of muscle memory and to give students a mnemonic they can return to over and over.
Real words: Because CursiveLogic teaches a group of letters in a single lesson, students can write real words at the end of the first lesson. For some students, this immediate success is a huge motivator.
In addition to consumable practice pages, the workbook contains three dry-erase surfaces that recap all of CursiveLogic’s key exercises needed to learn and practice the four CursiveLogic letter strings.
How we used it, and the results: The workbook comes bright, crisp and clean with a fantastic feel (I always like the feeling of high quality paper and covers.) The book has a spiral top and the teacher guide is directly in line with the user sheets. The pages are double sided, so as you flip, it does get a bit confusing. For some reason, the whole time through, it was difficult to ‘turn the next page’. You really had to look at the lesson numbers to see which way to go.
Part of their directions is for the teacher to sit with, guide, and oversee the writing, so the page flipping didn’t stop progress. It is important to watch how the student forms the letters. I saw this even when the boys were little, if left to their own, they’ll turn writing a sound symbol into an art form. Simple strokes boys, simple strokes.
We used this program with the hopes to clean up some cursive writing and make it feel more natural and smooth. Fill in the blanks of cursive letters that were not focused on when he was younger. I think this is the perfect curriculum for handwriting. With four lessons, it can easily be done quickly. We ended up taking 8ish turns of going through the work book, breaking up each lesson into two sittings. Jon’s cursive massively improved. Confidence, fluidity, connections, and beauty.
Let’s not forget mom. I write in a combined style from a few of our English programs that taught handwriting alongside and italics. I journal quite a bit, and practiced the CursiveLogic with my journaling. Wow. The Speed! Just sticking to one form of connecting my letters helps my words fly! (And y’all know I have a lot of words.) I can write so much faster, and have my page look concise and beautiful.
I highly recommend their simple workbook – that packs a very powerful punch. So simple and unique, that we were asked not to share photos to give away the whole process. Which is why I don’t have a ton of personal shots for you. This would be an excellent beginner curriculum for the start of the school year to get all of your students moving forward in easy, fluid beautiful handwriting.
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