Hello there! It’s time for another homeschool review!
We’ve been pretty busy during the last few months trying out different homeschooling products to share with you, and it’s been a lot of fun! This week we will be looking at the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from the wonderful people over at CursiveLogic.
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to open the mail and find these waiting for me in all their beautiful glory! (Does it make me sound weird to be so excited over homeschool things? Haha!) But before even receiving the books in the mail, I received an email with a link to an instructional webinar that explains the CursiveLogic method step by step for parents.
I thought this was wonderful! I was able to watch through the webinar and see exactly how I am supposed to work through the book with my son. So once the books did arrive, we were ready to dive right in, knowing exactly how to get started!
I decided to use CursiveLogic with my 11 year old son who is in 5th grade. He’s certainly seen cursive writing before, but has never written in cursive. I’ve always know that I want my children to learn cursive in our homeschool, but it always seemed like a daunting task and so I had been putting it on the back burner. Well there is no excuse now! CursiveLogic has fallen into our laps, and it looked like a clear and concise program to use.
CursiveLogic has a wonderful approach for learning cursive to work for kinesthetic, visual, and auditory learners. It teaches the lowercase cursive alphabet by breaking them up into four groups based on shape. Each group is taught together, using tracing, a catch-phrase, and writing the letter grouping (or string, as CursiveLogic calls it) on your own. I really like this approach. Rather than trying to teach each letter individually, students are learning them in groups, and seeing, right from the beginning, how the letters connect together. There are even dry erase pages at the end of the book so your child can practice their cursive again and again!
As you can see from the picture above, the workbook is bound at the top edge rather than the sides. With side-bound books my son usually struggles with the binding being in his way when he turns the page over. With CursiveLogic we don’t have that problem, they’ve really thought of everything!
Here are some before and during photos of my sons writing. The before sample is what his printing usually looks like. You can see that his letter sizes aren’t the same, and in the bottom line he hasn’t left space between his words. Often times he will also have what I like to call “floating” letters, where some are high and others are low.
Now you can see, after just a couple of weeks in he was already showing great progress with his cursive. No more floating letters, his letter size and spacing is improving too. I don’t doubt that it will get even neater as we continue to work through the different letter strings and he has more practice.
We also received The Art of Cursive, which is cursive instruction artfully woven into an adult coloring book! How neat is that?! Now it’s not designed to teach cursive to children, there just isn’t enough instruction for that. But it would easily help a teen or adult to learn and practice cursive. Or for those that already know cursive but like to color, it’s a great tool to really cement those cursive strokes. I have been having fun with it, using it as a nice relaxing activity once the house has quieted down for the evening, or before the kids are up in the morning. I think it could also be used as good practice tool for a young one who likes to color and draw, after they’ve already been through the workbook.
As a little bonus to our readers, CursiveLogic has given us a special discount for you! Using the code CREW2018, you can save 20% on the Quick-Start Pack, which is the webinar + workbook combo. The code will be active through the end of March. Enjoy!