I am a huge supporter of teaching cursive handwriting. I have not always been. After all, as an adult, the only thing I’m ever made to write in cursive, is my signature. It’s not even allowed on important documents like applications and such. However, I’ve been doing research over the last couple of years and cursive actually helps engage more parts of your brain and it is easier to learn than manuscript.
If you are a reader, you know that I have five kids. All have been homeschooled for the majority, if not all, of their education. Meet Connor. He just graduated. I had the mindset with him that since he hated handwriting, that I would allow him to do his work on the computer. After all, during most of his school years, I was going back to college myself and all of my work was turned in online. The professors never even saw my handwriting. So, when Connor argued that handwriting was becoming a thing of the past, I had to admit he made a pretty valid argument. I even type my shopping list on my phone instead of writing it. Of course, I did make him learn to write. We just didn’t regularly practice it. And that’s how he became the kid with the worst handwriting. I love him dearly, but now I tell him that handwriting is a reflection of who you are, and even if he just graduated, he needs to work on improving his.
Most handwriting curriculum are geared to early learners only. So, when I had the opportunity to review CursiveLogic, I was excited because of the author’s own success with teaching adults how to write cursive.
About the Founders
CursiveLogic was primarily authored by Linda Shrewsbury. Although she homeschooled her own children, she was also a teacher/professor in both the public and private sector. CursiveLogic is the method she developed to teach an adult to write his signature.
Prisca is the other founder and is Linda’s daughter. She is an attorney by trade but also homeschools her children.
As a homeschool mom, I personally love to support products developed by other homeschooling mamas!!
About the Product
The CursiveLogic Workbook is a spiral bound book that teaches the entire, patent-pending method of writing cursive logically. This method focuses on only two features – letters are grouped by shaped and attached with letter strings. By using catchy phrases and colors, the student learns how to write cursive. By using the method taught, the student is writing whole words by the end of the very first lesson!
It begins with the proper pencil and paper placement which I think is essential. Otherwise, you get “tired” hand syndrome!
The lessons are short and thorough and before you know it, the student is successfully writing in cursive. I love the connections between the colors and the formations. After only four lessons, the student can write the entire lowercase alphabet and connect them! To reinforce the lessons, there are pages to copy of some great historical sayings. At the back the book, dry-erase pages are provided for additional practice. This means, you never have to purchase more practice books!
I have seen a huge improvement using this method. I love that it is not “dumbed down” so that it can be used with older students, yet it is simple enough not to overwhelm young learners.