I remember being in 3rd grade and the teacher telling us that we would start learning how to write in cursive. I was so excited because this was something that older people did. I felt a bit more ‘grown up’ and couldn’t wait to get started. At that time, my grandparents would send me birthday cards signed in cursive and I would have to have my parents read it to me. When you don’t know how to write it, how would you know how to read it? This was another reason that I was excited to learn because then I could read them on my own!
Now, my handwriting is a mixture of cursive and print. I can never just fully write with one or the other. I don’t know why, it just is that way! J14 was the first to learn how to write in cursive. Someone had given me a large dry erase mat that had all of the letters on it in cursive and so I would have her trace over them and them write them on her own. That was basically it. I think sometimes I would print out some free cursive writing worksheets to practice words, too. She wasn’t excited about it and to this day she doesn’t use cursive on her own unless it’s a mixture like mine. This is why I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic for L10 and M8. This is a truly unique way to teach cursive!
Here’s a quick look at how CursiveLogic works:
- 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.
I originally had it in mind to use this with L10 and to see if M8 would be interested in starting to learn. While trying to get started on our first lesson, L10 wanted nothing to do with it and was frustrated. His ADHD was in full swing at this point. That had nothing to do with the CursiveLogic workbook and everything to do with the fact that he hates writing ANYTHING and will get out of it any given chance. I had learned a long time ago to pick my battles and this was one that I wasn’t willing to fight.
M8, on the other hand, was hanging around watching and asked to give it a try. I tried out Lesson 1 with her and then she was taking off doing pages of orange ovals on her own! (Later that night I had found a piece of computer paper FULL of them!). I was surprised because she also does not enjoy writing. I did explain to her that my grandmother had taught my mom how to write in cursive at 6 years old and was actually scolded in school for doing so because the other kids weren’t doing it yet. I think this pushed her into wanting to be like grandma. Just another reason why homeschool ROCKS!
We seem to be enjoying CursiveLogic and this workbook is a fun way to learn cursive. We will continue to use it with M8 at her own pace and hope to be able to use it again with L10 when the time is right.
Connect With Them!