We recently had the opportunity to review The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack ($49.00) and The Art of Cursive ($15.95) from CursiveLogic.
Unfortunately teaching cursive writing has become a lost art. This is definitely a skill though that I wanted all of our kids to have. Even if they can not write in cursive due to fine motor issues, I still want them to learn cursive so that they can read it. Lydia though is the only one so far that loves using cursive. Then I come to the point, of what program do I pick? There's not really a lot of options right now, besides just printing boring worksheets. And then I had bad writing habits that I have developed over the years, so how do I teach her?
The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack has been a great addition to our homeschool. When you order this pack, not only do you get a full instructional workbook, but you also receive an hour long seminar on how to teach it.
At first I wasn't sure how to proceed...I mean do we just get started in the writing, since Lydia has already been learning cursive. The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack workbook does contain information on how to get started. So I decided to start assigning out pages for Lydia to work on while I watched the seminar. I just followed the simple instructions on encouraging the words while writing the strokes.
Lydia seems to be doing very well. The CursiveLogic approach is to teach a series of letters that have similar shapes and strokes. As the student masters this stroke, they continue adding all the strokes together to form words. The student start with learning lower case first and then upper case is added. Ultimately, a student will be able to learn the entire alphabet in a short amount of time, usually in just a few weeks. Taking not only the knowledge of how to form each letter, but then also forming any words they will be writing.
As I watched the seminar though, I realized that Lydia would benefit greatly from watching it also. So while playing a board game, Lydia joined me in a second viewing of the writing seminar. It's about an hour long, and as we watched the example strokes that they were teaching, Lydia (a visual person) was able to really see the strokes being made by someone other than myself.
The layout of the CursiveLogic Writing workbook is so easy to use. It's really is amazing. Each stage is color coded for easy introduction. Lydia's cursive writing has greatly improved as she has reviewed and continued to adjust her writing style. Bad habits that were starting to develop have taken a backseat as she has progressed through each color level of CursiveLogic.
So why buy the The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack instead of another system.
1. Students learn a new system that helps them to remember the path their pencil needs to make as they are forming the letter groups. This helps students with their motor skills and helps both visual and auditory learners.
2. Strings of letters are grouped together to teach connection from the start
3. Because of the letters being grouped together by shape, it has the students learn how to string their letters into words.
4. Short lessons, which is wonderful when dealing with short attention spans like we do.
The Art of Cursive is actually targeting older students and adults. It is not a full cursive curriculum. There are suggestions on writing strokes, and this does help students to "fine tune" and practice their skills in an ultra fun environment. Lydia and I both used The Art of Cursive pages. It is an adult coloring book style with lots of loops, curves and slants. All the loops, curves and slants that they are coloring all boil down to the letter formation styles that they were just learning in their CursiveLogic workbook. This is a great next step for the student who is learning cursive. You can see one of our coloring pages below.
There are 27 lessons in The Art of Cursive. Here are two more examples that we worked on. You can see the style is great for not just adults, but older students.
The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack ($49.00) and The Art of Cursive ($15.95) from CursiveLogic are great additions to your homeschool. They can take the stress off of teaching cursive writing to your student and even give you a little extra time together if you want to also work on the coloring pages with them.
As a special bonus, CursiveLogic is offering our readers a 20% off special through the end of March. Simply use the coupon code - CREW2018 when checking out.
Several members of the Homeschool Review Crew were given the opportunity to try The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic. Visit the link below to find out how they enjoyed using this program in their homes.
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