This summer Little Man has been practicing his cursive handwriting using a workbook from CursiveLogic. I thought that it would be a good fit for my 9 year old son to help out his cursive handwriting. For this review I received a physical book of the CursiveLogic Workbook which retails for $29.00.
CursiveLogic is a fairly new company that was a result of a teacher Linda Shrewsbury who was inspired by a 23 year old young man with special needs. While she was tutoring him he had just one simple request, “Could you teach me cursive?” Linda Shrewsbury was touched and determined to find away to meet Josh’s request. The hard part was how do you teach someone cursive who doesn’t even have the foundation that is taught for years to learn the skills to write with cursive handwriting? She saw four distinct patterns that she calls oval, loop, swing, and mound. Well the rest is history and she realized it could be used as a solid foundation in mastering the skills to teach cursive to others.
CursiveLogic is recommended for students 7 to adults. This is a softbound spiral workbook that lies flat when writing in the workbook. Everything that is needed to teach CursiveLogic is in the workbook for the teacher. It has pages that teach the individual letters and also lots of practice pages for the student. They even have dry erase pages inside the book. The workbook is consumable.
What makes CursiveLogic unique from all the other cursive workbooks out there? The student learns the basic letter structures and how to connect them together to form words. Remember me telling you about the four distinct patterns? Instead of teaching the letters in alphabetical order they are taught in the patterns they make. The letters evenly will form what is called a letter string.
In my opinion CursiveLogic is a great handwriting curriculum for multi-sensory learning.
First, you trace the letters with your fingers. After that you trace the letters with a pencil. The last step is writing out the letters. The letter strings are color coded and have a phrase to say when writing them out. This is a nice touch to a handwriting program to help remember the patterns.
What do I think about CursiveLogic?
I have tried numerous handwriting programs over the years due to the fact that my 12 year old has special needs. She has thankfully mastered cursive. Let me tell you that I vividly remember the many tears on both ends.
My 9 year old son just doesn’t like handwriting when it comes to cursive. His excuse is that he can’t remember how to form the letters with cursive. Maybe he can’t recall the formation of some letters.
Needless to say this was a unique and fun way to learn cursive. It was an easy program to use that is well thought out and really kind of enjoyable.
My son had no complaints besides the fact it is summer and he has many adventures to pursue. He worked on several lessons daily three times a week. The lessons are fairly short so we spent no more than 15 to 20 minutes a day as we did more than one lesson.
I am pleased with the results and feel that it’s an effective way to teach cursive. I noticed he remembered some letters that frustrated him rather quickly. Little Man told me that, “It was an epic workbook for cursive”!
CursiveLogic is offering some practice pages for free. Just click here for your own downloadable copies.