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Thursday, July 9, 2015

CursiveLogic - TOS Review

Teaching penmanship to my kids has never been easy. My boys do not like holding a pencil or pen. Until now, at age 10 and 12, their handwriting is not the prettiest. That said, my oldest has the most struggles with it. Around grade 3 I started him on cursive, and that seemed to help a bit, but now in grade six, he still needs a lot of improvement with his penmanship skills. Here comes a new program called CursiveLogic.

I was more than happy to try a cursive program with my son to help improve his skills. Members of the crew got to review this brand new handwriting curriculum: CursiveLogic Workbook.

CursiveLogic brands itself as "An intelligent new way to teach cursive", and this is exactly what it is.

Cursive logic was created by a teacher seeking to teach one special student to write his name.  You can read about her and her story on their Our Story page.

What is Cursive Logic exactly?

CursiveLogic is a spiral-bound workbook that teaches kids to write cursive using a very logical process.

CursiveLogic seeks to communicate to children the pattern inherent to cursive writing. They do not need to remember the letters' formation as much as understand the pattern that governs each letters. To that end, the program focuses on two major keys: Letters grouped by shape and Letter strings.

Because all the letters follow a certain shape, the program helps the kids recognize that shape, and teach them the letters that follow that particular pattern all together. Kids learn a total of 4 basic shapes

The second key teaching tool is teaching all the letters that share a common shape in a connected string. This allows for reinforcement and mastery of the shape, as well as the letter formation themselves. Another added advantage that this key has is that they get to write cursively from the very beginning.

CursiveLogic also makes use of “verbal task analysis” which is saying an action verbally as it is performed manually, which aids the development of muscle memory and gives students a mnemonic they can return to over and over.

The first few pages of the workbook are spent explaining to you the process and the method, as well as what is expected of the child, then you start with your first shape and set of letters.

We got our copy of CursiveLogic late, so we did not get to use much of it. That said, for the little bit that my son has done, I can see the potential of this program, and here are the reasons why:

  • It is incremental
  • It is logical. Each exercises have an obvious formative goal.
  • The length of each day's exercise is very doable and not overwhelming.
  • The colored pattern makes the process easy to understand for the kids. Each letter string has a theme color that helps students remember the shape: Orange ovals, Lime Loops, silver Swings and mauve mounds.
  • It also uses the classic method of tracing and then writing the letters, as they say the catch phrase.

Cursive Logic is worth the try if you want to learn, teach or need cursive mastery. Visit them on their social media and check out the other reviews.


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