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Big Brother loves to write in cursive… he has terrible handwriting though! I didn’t think he’d make the switch to writing in cursive only. I thought it was just a phase, but he is exclusive in his cursive writing now. I am having to go back and reteach quite a bit with him. Big Sis will be in third grade this year and has already show interest in cursive. I was excited when we were presented with the opportunity to review the CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic.

Cursive Logic

“CursiveLogic is different from other handwriting methods because, instead of relying on rote memorization, CursiveLogic relies on the inherent structure of the cursive alphabet.”

Founded by Harvard graduate, homeschool mom, teacher, and college professor, Linda Shrewsbury, CursiveLogic is a style of learning cursive to help educators teach their own students cursive in an easy method.

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The Cursive Logic method can be described in the following (as written by the company):

• 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.
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How Did We Use CursiveLogic:
Big Sis (8 years old) is the one who used the CursiveLogic Workbook. We received a spiral bound, landscape oriented workbook ($29.00). Two or three times a week, she works on a page of the curriculum. Big Sis is caught in that in between wanting to stay little and wanting to grow up. She’s been motivated to learn cursive because, I think, it seems to be a grown up thing to do.
It was a little slow going at first, but her speed and efficiency quickly increased. She has been able to have measurable success. The curriculum is very easy to use and she is essentially able to do it on her own.
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What Did We Think?
So. I know that there has been debate over whether or not cursive is even needed in today’s world. I know that some schools have opted not to teach it. I know that some schools teach cursive before teaching print. Personally, I think it is a valuable skill to be able to read and write in cursive. I think CursiveLogic is an excellent, easy to use program for anyone wanting to teach their children to write in cursive. Big Sis has thoroughly enjoyed it.
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