Mar 7, 2018

Homeschool Review Crew: CursiveLogic

Nate and I have been working on a review from CursiveLogic. We received the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and the Art of Cursive

CursiveLogic teaches kids how to write cursive in an unique and unusual way. I have messed around with a lot of handwriting programs over the years and have never seen anything like this method before. 

In order to understand the method so I could properly teach it, I first needed to watch a webinar. This was hosted on Vimeo and I was given access to it for 12 months. This meant I could watch it all the way through, get started on the course with my son, and then refer back to various sections as needed. The webinar lasts 48 minutes. It explained step-by-step exactly how the program worked and what I, the teacher, needed to do.

The webinar is one-half of the Quick-Start Pack. The other half is a consumable workbook. These two things are all you need to complete the 10 week course. 

Cursive Logic New Edition

The book speaks directly to the student. It starts with all the basics: how to sit, how to hold your pencil, how to control your pressure, and what the student can expect from and will be required to do by the program.

On page 9, the student writes for the first time.

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The difference between CursiveLogic and other programs is that CursiveLogic does not require your child to rote memorize letters. Instead, it teaches cursive by grouping the letters into one of four common shapes. This enables your student to learn using muscle memory. CursiveLogic teaches each group in "strings", so your student will be connecting letters right from the start and writing real words the first week of the program. 

Each string is color coded to engage the child visually and aid their memories. 

Finally, this method uses movement, verbal, auditory and visual tools to appeal to all the learning styles.

Nate and I sat down together and quickly reviewed the first eight pages. This is mostly stuff he had been taught before but a refresher was necessary to correct some bad habits he has developed over the years.

He filled out page 9 and then we got started in earnest. The program uses catch-phrases, tracing, and an emphasis on doing it correctly each and every time in order to engage muscle memory. 

On the first day, Nate traced the first shape, wrote the first shape, and traced the letter string. 

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There was a lot of work to do on the first day, but after that it got easier. On day 2, he did only three pages. He traced, wrote and practiced the letter string. On day 3 he worked on midline connections. On day 4 he traced and wrote real words. This was the end of the First Lesson. 

The other lessons follow the same pattern, teaching the rest of the letter strings. 

After the student has learned all 26 letters, he flips the book over and learns capital cursive letters. 
In the very back of the book are dry erase pages for practice. We also used our white board so he could practice writing and tracing large letters to help with his muscle memory as suggested in the webinar. 

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This method did not have him jumping for joy or begging for more. It hasn't corrected years of bad handwriting overnight. However, it is quick and painless enough that he is willing to go through the day's lesson without complaining. He has even mentioned that it is "interesting" (high praise from a teenage boy who is allergic to handwriting!) and that he feels it is slowly helping him write more legibly. 

The Art of Cursive Logic

The Art of Cursive book is for use after the student has completed the course. It is a beautiful book with adult coloring book style pictures to color and lovely quotes to copy. 

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I wish I had had this method when I originally taught all of my kids how to write in cursive! I highly recommend it!


The Art of Cursive & Quick Start Cursive {Cursive Logic Reviews}
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