Learn Cursive Writing with CursiveLogic – {A Review}

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CursiveLogic uses an approach that is both logical and creative to teach cursive letters with their CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive. It is possible to learn cursive writing in just 40 days. CursiveLogic uses 10 lessons, 4 days per lesson and a unique system that really does make this possible. {I’ll be telling you about a special offer at end of this post, so read on!}

What is included?

Along with the student workbook the Quick-Start Pack includes access to a video webinar (online using vimeo) that walks the parent/teacher through the method and lessons, showing clearly and thoroughly, giving you all you need to know in order to help your child walk through the course.This 48-minute video detailed instruction on how to present the method and the lessons.

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I also received a copy of The Art of Cursive. This stand alone book is not a full out cursive writing curriuculum, but an adult coloring book that gives you the basic lessons in their unique method for learning cursive or to just improve your handwriting, with beautifully crafted artwork you can color.

How does it work?

Originally created to help older students learn cursive writing skills without having to revisit second grade, this program gets right to the heart of things in a logical, easy to master method using color and shape to group letters. They begin with emphasizing proper posture, paper placement, and how to hold the pencil. This introduction is short but important.

Rather than teaching individual letters with the traditional, monotonous methods we’ve become accustomed to, CursiveLogic uses a shape based approach. Letters are divided into four different groups based on the type of approach the pencil makes when forming them. The creator has color-coded these groups, which makes it eye-catching, memorable and fun.

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The student practices groups of letters that have a similar shape and stroke of the pencil. Letters are immediately connected together. They learn four different shape groups and string all similar letters together. By doing so, the student is writing letter combinations and real words by the end of the first week.

During the first 4 weeks, lessons focus on lower case letters. These are covered in the first half of the book. The lessons continue on the back side of the pages, and just by flipping the book over, capital letters are taught and practiced, as well as longer phrases throughout the second half of the book.

Letter strokes are introduced and demonstrated while student is asked to repeat out loud the actions taken to form the letters and connect the strings. Then student traces with a finger, speaking out loud the catch phrase that fits with the motions.

With this method you use muscle memory and vocal cues to establish the habit of forming letters. The repetition of all these together will have student writing without even thinking about it.

You’ll move on the tracing with a pencil and then copying the letter strings. Laminated pages are provided in the back for use with a dry erase marker. Practice, practice, practice!

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How did we use it?

At the start, I previewed the webinar to get a feel of how the lessons were structured. Because my 11-year old daughter, Bekah has already had a basic introduction to cursive I thought she would gain some good information by watching the videos as well.

We watched the first sections together. Once I saw she had a good grasp of the “Use, Start, Say” formula for the next letter string I left her to set her own pace. She spent approximately 20 minutes a day, 4 days a week. I did not have to remind her to get her cursive writing book out (love it when a resource motivates my kids!) and when she needed extra instruction, the video was easily accessible even if I was not available.

Bekah enjoyed working the exercises on the laminated pages. She used colored dry-erase markers as she practiced, wiped clean, and practiced again. The flow and motion were very helpful, and we did not have stacks of practice papers or wads of mistakes heading for the trash bin.

I useda couple of coloring pages in The Art of Cursive while my children were working on other projects. I plan to continue using it as a reward for Bekah as she reaches goals in her lessons. After finishing the first 4 weeks of lessons (the entire lower case alphabet) she chose two pages on which she practiced a quote and colored the illustration.

The Art of Coloring CursiveLogic at ApronStringsOtherThings.com

What did we think?

My daughter and I have enjoyed CursiveLogic and continue to enjoy The Art Of Cursive coloring pages. Progress was quick and painless. Bekah and I sometimes but heads when I correct her handwriting. She sometimes feels like I’m criticizing. Using the video tutorial as our model took me out of the loop and as a result I see improved habits and good results, so this gets a thumbs up from our family!

The spiral binding along the top edge is terrific. I loved this feature for two reasons. The first, because book laid flat and we could double it back, leaving only the page she was using visible. And second, the binding did not get caught up under the hand when it was near the edge of the page. Another bonus is for anyone who is a ‘leftie’ – since it’s bound at the top, there’s nothing to get in the way!

Because the four groups of letter strings are color-coded in the workbook, it’s recommended students use colored writing utensils that coordinate with those in the book. At 11 years old, it’s always exciting for the teacher (mom) to actually give permission to do schoolwork with pens and markers – oh, joy! Immediately Bekah realized she pressed too hard or too long as she practiced with her orange markers, so we switched to her gel pens. Great choice! The colors are nice and bright, but the ink also flows smoothly, making her writing move along the page more smoothly as well. You could use colored pencils or even crayons, if you wish, but color is key.

We have been impressed with this multi-sensory approach to teaching cursive writing. It appeals to all types of learners because color, touch, sound, movement, etc are all a part of the formula. While I believe it will work well for younger students with the guidance of a parent or other adult, I am especially excited for the possibilities it brings for older students and even adults.

Cursive Logic New Edition March 2018 DiscountSpecial Offer!

The author and creator of CursiveLogic has something special for our Review Crew Readers – a special discount!ย  Using the code CREW2018 you can save 20% on the Quick-Start Pack, which is the webinar + workbook combo.ย  The code will be active through the end of March, 2018.

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  1. Thank you! CursiveLogic looks great ๐Ÿ™‚

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