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Monday, July 6, 2015

CursiveLogic Review #hsreviews

Most people may not write in cursive very much at all, but I still think it is a very important skill to have. Delaney writes in her journal everyday & she still likes to use an actual paper journal and a nice ink pen, so having good penmanship is important to her. She wanted to practice her cursive to make it look more uniform, so when the Crew was offered CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic to review she wanted to give it a try. 

CursiveLogic Workbook  is a 97 page spiral bound consumable workbook. The teaching instructions are included in the workbook. Three of the pages that practice the letter strings can be used over and over with dry erase markers. This handwriting method is patent pending and relies on the structure of the cursive alphabet instead of rote memorization. The alphabet is divided into 4 groups according to the letter shape, so all similar letters are taught together. These same shaped letters are connected so the student gets to write in cursive from the very beginning and to reinforce their similar shape. Each string of letters are taught in a different color to make it easy for the student to remember the shape. There are also phrases to go along with each stroke to help the child hear what they are doing while they are writing to create a mnemonic they will remember.

Delaney has been using CursiviLogic. She already knows how to write in cursive, but when I asked the girls about using this new method, she said she would like to practice forming her letters to get them perfect. She had problems with her lower case "a" & "o", even though she made them different and she could tell the difference between them. but when she was in a hurry they looked very similar. Since she already knows cursive she has moved through the book quickly, but it has been good practice for her & she has improved. The method used in CursiveLogic does flow well & makes remembering the form of each letter easy. The spiral binding is at the top of the workbook which makes this perfect for a left or right handed student.

CursiveLogic was developed when Linda Shrewsbury was going to help a 23 year old student with learning disabilities to write his name in cursive. She wanted to teach him cursive quicker than the traditional method used in schools. She noticed the same patterns used over and over throughout the alphabet and thought that if Josh could see those similarities he could learn cursive quickly. Josh learned the lowercase cursive letters in one 45 minute session and could write his name when they were finished. After Linda used the method to teach other students she knew she was on to something and wanted to help others.

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