Some believe that cursive handwriting is a dying art. Some believe that cursive may not even be necessary to teach anymore. With the use of computers and other devices typing really does seem to be pushing out handwritten notes. Linda Shrewsbury and Priscilla LeCroy founders of CursiveLogic believe that it is still important to teach cursive and that it doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process.
Turtlegirl did learn cursive when she was in elementary school but isn’t pleased with her handwriting and more often than not she prints rather than write in cursive so we thought using the CursiveLogic Workbook would help her improve her handwriting.
The 96 page, full color, physical workbook is sturdy. It is spiral bound with thick coated covers. All the instruction necessary is include right in the workbook so there is no need for a separate Teacher’s or Instructor Guide. The workbook includes three laminated practice pages that a student can use with a dry erase or wet erase marker. Students who need the practice can then use these pages over and over again to practice the letters and strings. The workbook does include plenty of practice but some students may need more practice. CursiveLogic recognizes that you may want more practice for your students and they provide free PDF practice pages. You can sign up for the CursiveLogic newsletter and get practice pages emailed to you. I’ve also been given links to share with my readers: Printable Ebook Practice Pages.
How it Works:
“CursiveLogic is different from other handwriting methods because, instead of relying on rote memorization, CursiveLogic relies on the inherent structure of the cursive alphabet.”
Letters are grouped into one of four foundational shapes. All the letters with the same shape are taught together in one lesson. The letters are taught using 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. CursiveLogic’s letter strings teach students to connect letters from the first lesson, allowing students to internalize the flow of cursive handwriting even before they have learned all 26 letters.
CursiveLogic uses “Theme Colors” and “Verbal Task Analysis” to provide auditory and visual cues to reinforce letter patterns.
The program teaches both lowercase and uppercase letters.
This is a really neat way to learn cursive but it was difficult for Turtlegirl because she already knows how to write cursive. She found that she preferred to write smaller and that the lines were too big. She’s a bit of a perfectionist and felt that she had less control when she had to write bigger letters. We both feel that this would be a great way to teach younger students and it’s also a great way to teach older students who have never learned cursive.
I asked Turtlegirl about the shapes and colors and if it was fun as the website says “CursiveLogic is the only handwriting curriculum that has an “element of fun” that comes from the alphabet itself.” She said “if I was younger I would have more fun. I can see younger kids enjoying the shapes and colors and thinking the program is fun.”
This program requires students to be already printing. I do not recommend this method as a way to teach cursive first. I do recommend this program for students ages 8 and up with solid printing skills who are ready to learn cursive.
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