Did you know that some public schools are not teaching children how to write in cursive? They say that we are becoming more and more reliant on technology and people don't use it. What? I'm all for technology, but knowing how to write, especially in cursive, is still an important skill that everyone should know how to do. In comes CursiveLogic. I was so happy to get my hands on the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive.
When I was teaching in the public school, I taught my students how to write in cursive. Skip ahead a few years to our oldest. When he was in third grade, I thought that it was time to teach him how to write in cursive (cue the Darth Vader song here). Neither one of our boys enjoy writing. In fact, they dread it. So you can only imagine how great it went trying to teach our oldest how to write in cursive. Let me just tell you that it didn't go easily. He learned, but he still would rather not write in cursive.
Now our youngest is in third grade. Last year, I felt as though he was ready to learn cursive, so I started to teach him. He did learn how to form the letters, but he still struggled with it. Sizing, spacing, and formation eluded him. He struggles with these skills in print, but writing in cursive seems to make them worse.
CursiveLogic has been simply wonderful! Their process really gives him something to work from. They don't just expect the students to memorize how to form each letter. Nope. They give students the tools that they need in order to be successful.
Let me explain a little. CursiveLogic starts to teach students the cursive lowercase letters first. I love this! I also love that they don't teach each letter separately. You know the drill, right? Write the letter "a" about twenty times. Not with CursiveLogic. They have grouped the letters together by how the letters are formed. Those letters are taught together. Yep. They are learning a line of of letters at the same time. It totally works too!
For each of these groups, there is a "catch phrase". As they write the letters in that group, they say the "catch phrase" aloud. This uses multiple intelligences at the same time. They are seeing the letters (visual), writing the letters (kinesthetic), and they are hearing the letters (auditory). If you didn't know before I am a huge fan of using multiple intelligences. It really helps to solidify what the student is learning.
Another thing that I love about CursiveLogic is that they have the student practice their new skills with actual words. I know that this sounds obvious, but there are so many places that teach reading and/or writing that don't have the student use actual words. This is so important for the student to be able to transfer their new skills to their other schoolwork.
Our youngest is a "lefty". He's the only one in our immediate family. it has been tricky trying to teach him how to write. The worst part is with workbooks. They are bound for right-handed students. This makes it difficult for the left-handed child to write correctly. CursiveLogic took this into account when they put together their workbook because they bound it at the top! Yes! Thank you, CursiveLogic, from my third grader.
Their system works! Even though I had already taught the basics to our son, he couldn't really write in cursive and he definitely didn't feel confident while writing. That has changed!
Just look at what happened in just a few weeks! The printed "before" picture is good. He knew that this was for handwriting, so he printed very nicely. His writing isn't horrible usually, but this is extra nice. Even so, the forming of some of the letters as well as the sizing and placement is off. Then look at the cursive "after" picture. All of the letters are formed well and they are in their place. I love it! I couldn't be happier.
I want to mention something else that you receive with the CursiveLogic workbook. You get a webinar that walks you, the parent and teacher, through the program. This isn't something that you would have your children watch. It is to help you understand the program and how to use it. This would be great to watch before you start with your child(ren). You need to watch the webinar, especially if you have never taught writing before.
Other item that CursiveLogic has is The Art of Cursive coloring book. This book is fantastic! They have actually made cursive into coloring book pages. We have chosen to not let our son to use this book until he has completed the other workbook first. He loves to color and so this has been a great motivator for him to work through it. He has already chosen the first picture that he wants to work on.
A dragon. Of course it's a dragon. The scales are actually cursive letters. Cool, right? Then there are sayings written, in cursive of course, all around the dragon. He is so excited to finish the workbook so that he can get to this one.
So, if you haven't noticed, but we really like the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive by CursiveLogic. Go and check it out for yourself. They are actually giving all of our wonderful readers with a discount. Just use the code CREW2018 for a 20% discount on the Quick-Start Pack.
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