Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive -- my REVIEW

I have always thought that cursive writing is important, but somehow we have let that slide after the younger years of penmanship. When the kids were younger, I had them learn to write in cursive using various curricula, but as the years have gone by I have allowed them to print (or type) more and more, and I've noticed especially my (15 year old) son's handwriting devolving. Whenever I thought about working on it, other subjects seemed to take predominance, and we just have kind of let it slide.

Now that he's fifteen, he is needing to use cursive to sign his name--and has realized that he can't write well in cursive--and wants to learn!  (Yay, self-motivated learning!)  I was SO happy to learn about this program called CursiveLogic and to throw him right into the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack!  This program is ideal for an older learner, it is not childish, and it really uses patterns and muscle memory to help your child learn to write in cursive very quickly!  There is also another resource called The Art of Cursive which I'll tell you about in a bit.

Cursive Logic New Edition

The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack comes with a book which is spiral-bound at the top (usable for right handed writers and left handed writers!) and there is also a webinar (vimeo video which teaches you how to use this resource--it's very helpful!).  The student begins with a review of proper body position, proper hand position, and proper paper position.  

The webinar is very helpful to get
you started

And then they're off!  The theory of this method of teaching cursive is that the lower case alphabet of cursive letters is based on four different shapes--the oval, the loop, the swing, and the mound.  Through tracing/outlining/saying a key phrase--the student sees the pattern, traces it with fingers, with pencils, and finally draws that letter--and not just that letter, but the letter string of the letters with that base pattern.  

There is a lot of finger tracing and pencil tracing to reinforce that proper shape, building muscle memory.  The student progresses quickly from shape to shape, catching a lot of letters along the way, until--voila!  They have covered the lower case alphabet!

There are guide lines and the opportunity to keep the letters at the proper size by using the guide lines, and a lot of tracing.  The letters are not kept solo, they are combined into letter strings and quickly into words.


That tricky "o" connection is addressed and practiced, with a nice connection with the "midline 'Dip' connection" explanation...

My son has been using this book, even doing the finger tracing exercises as well as the pencil-tracing exercises without complaint--especially after he saw the results and that learning to write neatly in cursive is actually not that difficult!  

 So while you usually wouldn't probably expect to see a "learn to write in cursive" book side by side with Algebra 2, that's what is happening in our house...and it's working very effectively!  I know that this book is being used by many younger students as well, but how about you?  Are you an adult who never really learned to write nicely past, say, third grade? Does your handwriting and signature reflect that?  I would HIGHLY recommend this easy little system, the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack for you as well.

My son's goal is to have a signature that doesn't look like a 5-year old
signed his paper--look at the success he's experiencing so far! And
he's not even half-way through the program! He's definitely seeing results.
Oh, and the program doesn't only cover lower case--soon he will be into the upper case section, where, once again, letters are grouped with similar shapes and will be learned together.

The Art of Cursive Logic

I'd like to mention another resource by CursiveLogic-- The Art of Cursive -- which is an adult coloring book which teaches cursive as well.    This book goes over the proper shapes and formation of letters and extra practice is done in a coloring-book format, with the letters filling in the color shapes.  My daughter who is already a bit more proficient in cursive writing has been using this book and it is helping to create muscle memory of properly-formed letters, plus she finds it fun to work on :)

This is a good way to tune your cursive in, get your hand used to the proper letter formation, and relax and have fun as well.

SO--I just want to reiterate that I really like this CursiveLogic program--my teen is greatly benefitting from it, it is quick to learn, and he is happy to be making such progress!  Thank you CursiveLogic!

There's even a discount code, which is active through the end of March 2018--here's the info!

Cursive Logic New Edition March 2018 Discount

To hear what other homeschooling families think about this program, please click on the link below!

The Art of Cursive & Quick Start Cursive {Cursive Logic Reviews}

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