Most of you know that for 11 years of my life I was an educational therapist and worked with learning disabled children. Part of the child’s therapy included cursive writing. It wasn’t necessarily to improve their cursive writing skills, it had to do with the brain as well, but it did emphasize how important cursive writing was. Therefore, you would think that cursive writing would be a big part of my children’s homeschool. Well sometimes life get’s in the way, just as it did with us when God gave us two children on the autism spectrum. Cursive writing wasn’t at the top of my list to teach my kids anymore. Just getting through a day of homeschool sometimes replaced it at the top of my list. Although my oldest, John Allen, isn’t one of my children on the spectrum, he did kind of get the short end of the stick with cursive writing. We did work on it some, but not enough.
Recently John Allen came to me and mentioned that he really needed to work on his cursive writing. About that same time, an opportunity to review the CursiveLogic Workbook by CursiveLogic came our way through The Schoolhouse Review Crew. When I saw that it was for children and adults of any age and that a teen or adult could work through the program quickly, I thought it would a great way for John Allen to improve his cursive writing skills. I’m glad that we were chosen. There are many aspects of the program that I really like.
First in foremost, I like the fact the everything is included in this one sturdy spiral bound book. The super easy teacher instructions and the student pages are all together. No fumbling around trying to find the pages in the teacher book that go along with the pages in the student book.
I also love the approach that CursiveLogic uses. It reminds me a lot of my educational therapy days. Here are some highlights.
1. It groups all of the letters of the alphabet into four groups grouped by shape. So, all of the similar letters are learned together.
2. The four groups are color coded so that the student can easily remember the four groups of shapes.
3. The letters in a particular group are all learned at once and are strung together. This helps reinforce each letter and teaches the student how to connect letters from the beginning.
4. Because many letters are learned at once, the student can begin writing words right from the start.
5. Catch phrases are used to reinforce to the student how to make the letters.
I really like how the student begins by tracing with his finger and saying the catch phrases and then proceeds to begin tracing with a colored pencil that matches the color of the letters. It is all very systematic and very. . . well. . . logical.
I love the way that things aren’t tediously done. After seeing CursiveLogic, I wonder how all of the other boring systems of teaching cursive writing ever survived. John Allen loved it and proved that a student his age can easily complete this program in just a few lessons. A younger child would probably need to work more slowly, but that is the beauty of this program. There are no set pages to do every day. You can work at your own pace. If you want to do more, do more. If you are having problems, do less.
I highly recommend CursiveLogic for any student of any age or with any kind of writing problem. I am planning on using it with my middle child who has a lot of small motor problems. I think this will really help him learn cursive writing and, because cursive writing flows together, it will be easier for him to write.
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