One of the biggest mistakes I made when teaching my firstborn to read is that I taught her uppercase letters first. She is six and a half years old now but still writes almost nothing in lowercase and can’t keep certain lowercase letters straight in her head. Thus, she cannot read too well yet, nor can she really write much. When I saw that the Homeschool Review Crew was going to be reviewing CursiveLogic, I absolutely jumped at the chance.
You see, the CursiveLogic system teaches the cursive alphabet lowercase first, and by grouping similar types of letters together. The student will learn the letters in four groups that are similar in shape, but of course, each letter itself is different. They learn the nuances that make each letter unique, while practicing the strokes that also make them similar. It seems genius to me, and I had a feeling this would help my girl not just with learning cursive, but with learning to read and write in general. For reviewing purposes, we received the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack, which includes a workbook and webinar, and also The Art of Cursive coloring book.
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The workbook is a really nicely made spiral bound book with all the lessons and instructions right there (no teacher’s manual needed) and also includes a couple of dry erase pages for additional practice.
The webinar is about 45 minutes long and covers how the program is meant to be used with your student. You can watch it with your child or not; it is all info you will need to best implement the program as it was intended (i.e., for best results). It details what you will be doing on each day for each letter string, and gives extra tips on how to teach cursive to your student using the program. I found it helpful to watch sections of it again as we started each new letter group (and the capital letters are learned at the end, but we aren’t to that point yet).
The coloring book is simply beautiful, with a metallic front cover and drawings inside that have cursive letters integrated into them along with cursive writing for you to trace for practice. It does not include any instruction and is not meant for teaching, but rather for reinforcement. I was looking forward to using this one for myself!
We actually encountered a problem in getting started, but in the processing of overcoming it, I learned something extremely important about my child and the way we homeschool.
Miranda has been oohing and ahhing at “fancy writing” for years when she sees cursive or calligraphy. I thought she would be excited about this opportunity! I showed her the workbook and coloring book, and had her write out the way she currently makes her letters so we would have a comparison for when she completes the program.
We watched a bit of the webinar that’s included with the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and then set up to start on the Day 1 activities for the “orange oval” letter string. Almost immediately, she shut down. Just shut down, started crying, refused to participate. It was shocking, so I let her skip that day. Same thing happened the next day.
I again showed her the coloring book. I originally was going to use this to brush up on my own cursive (my handwriting leaves A LOT to be desired), but I decided to save this as an incentive for when she completes the CursiveLogic program. That seemed to warm her up a bit. I told her we would work at her own pace and I would help her. She was finally comfortable enough to give it a try at that point.
We started slowly on the Day 1 material again. She did one page and we stopped. Two days later, she did a little more. She was then asking when we could do it again! Progress! By the end of the section teaching the first letter string (orange oval), she was asking every morning when we were going to “do the writing,” and asking to do it first when we were getting ready to start school. Chunking it into smaller sections helped her feel less overwhelmed with learning something new and foreign to her. HUGE lesson learned for our homeschool and for me as her mama!
So, strictly as a method of learning cursive, I see how this makes logical sense. I have not tried teaching cursive letters aside from this, so I cannot make any comparisons. But the way this is set up helps them create muscle memory for each type of letter as well as SEE how the letters are similar but also the small differences between them. We are on the third letter string and still going strong (picture below is from the first letter string).
There is a certain posture and way of sitting that they suggest you use, and for us, that is a little hard since we don’t currently have a dining table, but even if we did, her feet would not be able to touch the floor. So we improvised – my desk chair at the art table with a storage bin as a foot stool. Haha.
Now, as it relates to reading: I believe this has helped her differentiate her lowercase letters better. She is getting quicker at reading and struggling much less with letters like “b” and “d.” She still is not writing her print in lowercase as she should (most things she writes in all uppercase, with some lowercase mixed in), but her handwriting has improved. One big thing that CursiveLogic teaches is to be intentional with making letters. I remind her to go slow so that she can learn to form the letters the proper way, and I can see a big difference between that and when she’s rushing.
I really love the CursiveLogic program and I will continue to post on social media as we progress through the rest of the book and when she starts on the coloring book.
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