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I am a big supporter of teaching children cursive, so I was thankful for the opportunity to review both the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive by CursiveLogic. Learning cursive gives children an edge. In a time where not every student learns cursive, it is almost like a foreign language. Students that learn cursive will be able to read historical documents and old family letters. They will be able to take notes quickly and sign their name beautifully. Possessing this simple skill will help them the rest of their lives.
Teaching cursive can feel overwhelming. Should you teach it one letter at a time? In alphabetical order? All lowercase or adding in capital letters too?
CursiveLogic Makes It Easy for Parents
CursiveLogic teaches cursive letters quickly and efficiently by grouping letters by shape. Grouping letters by shape allows students to learn multiple letters at one time, which provides a natural opportunity to learn how to connect letters.
The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack includes everything you will need to confidently and efficiently teach cursive. The Quick-Start Pack contains a webinar and student workbook.
The CursiveLogic Webinar prepares parents to teach cursive. The online video can be accessed at any time of day and lasts about 45 minutes. I watched this before I even showed Ben the workbook. The webinar is a great way to learn the CursiveLogic method and instructional order. It will answer any questions you have and leave you feeling confident of your ability to teach cursive.
Maybe it is the former public school teacher in me, but I love teacher training. I definitely recommend watching the webinar before starting the workbook with your student. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and watch the webinar while your kids are occupied. Don’t worry about being interrupted. You can pause and restart the webinar as often as needed. I watched it after dinner one night and had to stop a few times to parent and get kids ready for bed.
The CursiveLogic student workbook quality is impressive. It is so well constructed that Ben’s workbook is still in great shape, despite being used by a rough and tumble little boy for the past month. The workbook is well designed with a spiral binding at the top so it doesn’t get in the way, a durable cover, and even dry-erase practice pages at the back of the book!
Ben and I have done some cursive work in the past, but it wasn’t something he felt comfortable with using. He knew the letters, but his handwriting was far from neat.
He has been practicing his cursive with the Cursive Logic student workbook for a few weeks now and I have seen a drastic improvement. His cursive is now legible and neat. Muscle memory is kicking in through the teaching technique which is enabling him to write faster, neater, and within the lines. He no longer has ‘balloon letters’ (letters that float up and don’t stay on the lines). The best part is that Ben knows his handwriting is improving. He can see the transition himself, so he is always happy to practice.
It takes about 10 weeks to work through the entire workbook, but is set up so that you can speed up or slow down as needed for your individual student. The workbook has a suggested timeline, but we are going just slightly slower. I stop Ben’s lessons when I start to see mistakes creeping in. I want to end the lessons on a positive note and the lesson isn’t beneficial if he is making sloppy mistakes.
The Art of Cursive
The Art of Cursive is like nothing I have ever seen before. It capitalizes on the popularity of adult coloring books and adds in some sneaky handwriting practice.
Hannah learned cursive years ago, but mentioned a few months ago that she wanted some sort of review to fine tune her handwriting. The Art of Cursive fits the request perfectly. She can work on fine tuning the motions involved in writing cursive while coloring beautiful illustrations. Each page also includes a quote with the ability to trace and space to write the words.
A few times a week she sits down with her colored pencils and The Art of Cursive. This is a relaxing activity for her, so she usually turns to this schoolwork when she needs a little productive downtime. The illustrations are gorgeous and detailed.
I recommend CursiveLogic to any parent that wants to teach their child cursive. The daily time commitment is minimal, so even families in a traditional school setting can benefit from this curriculum.
CursiveLogic is offering 20% off of the Quick-Start Pack (the workbook and webinar combo) through March 31st, 2018. Use the code CREW2018 at check out.
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