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Schoolhouse Review: CursiveLogic

 

CursiveLogic Review

 

We were given the opportunity to review and try a new cursive program called CursiveLogic by Linda Shrewsbury. I’m praying this will be the one to get Lance writing neatly and in the lines.


For this review we received a spiral bound CursiveLogic Workbook by CursiveLogic. The workbook contains the teacher instruction as well. What’s really neat about the workbook is there are 3 dry-erase pages. Lance loved using them to practice his cursive.


Linda Shrewsbury has a passion with teaching cursive in a logic and nonthreatening way. It all began when a young adult student whom she had taught to read asked her this, “Could you teach me cursive? I’d like to be able to sign my name”, so begun CursiveLogic.

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Lance has struggled with just writing in general. His letters are big and he doesn’t stay in the lines, so I was looking forward to reviewing CrusiveLogic!

How we used CursiveLogic in our homeschool: Lance used this 4 times a week. I always sat with him CursiveLogic is not a “hand your child” the workbook kind of program. You need to sit next to your student.  You also want to make sure they are saying the steps “oval . . .” as they form the letters. This is very important step because by saying the chant it helps the child learn the new cursive skill.

It took about 15 minutes a day, not long at all. Lance is slowly improving. The author of CursiveLogic provided free practice pages which is a great addition for those (like Lance) who really need the extra practice. I have Lance use the practice pages as copywork.

Lance hasn’t completed his CursiveLogic workbook yet but I can say that his handwriting is improving. Just the other day he wrote a few sentences in cursive and stayed in the line. He wrote slow but he did it.

I’m hopeful that when he finishes with his workbook and continues to practice using the Practice Pages that he’ll master cursive yet!

 

All about CursiveLogic (from the CursiveLogic website):

CursiveLogic is different from other handwriting methods because, instead of relying on rote memorization, CursiveLogic relies on the inherent structure of the cursive alphabet. The CursiveLogic instruction method contains two key features:

Letters grouped by shape ― Four foundational shapes underlie the entire lowercase alphabet. Rather than teaching the letters alphabetically, CursiveLogic groups the lowercase alphabet into four groups based on the shape of the initial stroke of the letters and teaches all of the similarly-shaped letters in a single lesson.  Letters are also taught in a specific order that reinforces the pattern.  By teaching all of the similar letters together, CursiveLogic captures the natural synergy of the alphabet itself, allowing 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. 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 also uses visual and auditory cues to reinforce the shape patterns:

Theme colors — Each shape string has a color—orange ovals, lime loops, silver swings, and mauve mounds—that reinforces the formation of the basic common shape.

Verbal task analysis — Students learn a simple, rhythmical chant that describes the path of the writing instrument as the letter shapes are formed.  The process of verbally describing a motor task while performing it aids the acquisition of new motor skills.
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CursiveLogic Workbook

CursiveLogic is a 96-page, full color workbook that contains both the teacher instructions and the student practice pages.  The first portion of each lesson teaches students to write each CursiveLogic letter string through a five-step process. After learning the string, student can move immediately to writing connected letter groups and real words.  And, after finishing the four lessons, students will be able to write the entire lowercase alphabet and to connect letters fluidly. 

While teaching the students to write the lowercase alphabet is the main purpose of CursiveLogic, the workbook also contains instruction in forming each capital letter.  Students then practice cursive by tracing and then writing famous historical sayings.

Final thoughts: CursiveLogic can be used with children as young as 7 but I liked how the author kept the older student and adult learner in mind. The CursiveLogic Workbook has a clean look. The program does not give a childish feel yet it’s still appealing to the younger crowd like Lance.

A great feature is how the workbook is spiral bound with the spiral at the top of the book so the book lies flat and there is not that awkward, hard to reach middle part of the book.

But most of all I like that Lance is writing more in cursive.
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