There are so many programs that help get you and your kids writing in cursive on the market today. And I have a teenager that seems to think that cursive handwriting is old fashioned and no longer needed. So when I had the opportunity to review the CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic, I got a wee bit excited.
The company states that in teaching this time honored tradition of writing in cursive helps students excel in many areas of life.
Well, I took the plunge and decided that Isaiah needs to brush up on his skills of cursive handwriting.
Now, this review will NOT be as detailed as most of my other product reviews due to the proprietary nature of this product. I will do my utmost to provide you with a comprehensive review but I am limited in what I am allowed to share with you.
This workbook is a glossy covered spiral bound book that is 8.5 x 11 inches, the size of standard writing paper. It is bound with plastic making this workbook easy to flip open and turn around with ease.
The colors are bright an engaging and just the look of the cover is enough to inspire hope that cursive really is as easy as one would like to think.
There are practice pages at the back of the book that encourage lots of time practicing.
Here are some points about CursiveLogic that I would like to share with you:
• Letters grouped by shape: Four basic shapes make up the entire alphabet. CursiveLogic teaches all of the similar letters in one lesson, greatly simplifying the learning process.
• Letter strings: Rather than teaching letters individually, CursiveLogic teaches all of the letters that share a common shape in a connected string. This allows the letters to reinforce each other and means students are writing cursively from the very beginning.
• Color coding: Each letter string has a theme color that helps students remember the shape.
• Catch phrases: CursiveLogic uses “verbal task analysis,” or saying an action verbally as it is performed manually, to aid the development of muscle memory and to give students a mnemonic they can return to over and over.
• Real words: Because CursiveLogic teaches a group of letters in a single lesson, students can write real words at the end of the first lesson. For some students, this immediate success is a huge motivator.
How it Worked for Us
The beauty of this workbook is that the instructions are incredibly detailed. Isaiah had no issues working on this alone. Being that he is 14 years old, he could easily understand the concepts being talked about and he was able to implement them quickly.
Isaiah would work in his workbook, at his own pace. Each lesson he would complete, he would bring to me for correction or accolades. He quickly grasped the color coding and it seemed to me, that this helped him remember which letter went with what group.
Overall, even though there was much resentment from my teen at first, Isaiah enjoyed this workbook. He completed much of the book and it is a delight to see him practicing on his own. I would never tell that I saw him, but let’s just keep that between you and I…okay?
There is no set age requirement for this workbook, so I recommend this for any age. It can be used from the early years all the way through adult.
I enjoyed watching my teen delve into cursive handwriting again and reap the benefit of a job well done.
You can get some practice pages from CursiveLogic, as well as some eBooks. Feel Free to download these!
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