One would think teaching handwriting would really be an easy thing to do. After teaching my older two children how to properly sit; position their paper; hold their pencil and more, I realized there is more to handwriting than just picking up a pencil and moving it across a piece of paper. Now that I have a left-handed child, that presents even more challenges for me as a right-handed person.
Although I preferred beginning with cursive writing, all of my children began with manuscript. After they mastered that to my satisfaction, it was time to begin writing in cursive. Despite the fact cursive writing is fading in popularity in the general population, I believe the skill is one that should be included and taught in school. Harvard graduate and college professor Linda Shrewsbury and her daughter, attorney Prisca LeCroy, also a Harvard graduate, recognize the importance of learning cursive writing.
Shrewsbury and LeCroy founded the CursiveLogic writing program that is geared towards students age seven through adult. If you have an early writer who is ready to write, I would suggest you go ahead and try CursiveLogic. The workbook is sturdy and colorful and presented in a manner that is not too advanced for a younger child and will not demean an older student who is challenged by writing in cursive.
The lessons are logical and straight-forward to accommodate any style of learner including ones with some learning disabilities. Actually, a 23-year old adult with learning disabilities was one of the motivators for the program being created.
I had Canyon, my left-handed eight year old, complete the lessons in the workbook. He has not had much practice in cursive writing, so he was basically learning cursive for the first time. I did have to walk through the lessons with him, but CursiveLogic could easily be completed independently by an upper elementary school student to adult with ease.
Some of the features of CursiveLogic, like grouping like letters into four basic shapes and color coding those letters, so he could remember the shapes; viewing like letters in “letter strings” instead of as individual letters, which “allows the letters to reinforce each other” and the catch phrases that were easily remembered were very helpful to Canyon in learning how to write in cursive.
I had him complete about two lessons a week and practice what he learned using the dry-erase practice pages included in the workbook.
CursiveLogic is presented in a manner that a student would be able to complete the lessons in a short period of time. Since the letters are taught in strings that include a number of letters, students are able to write several words in cursive after completing the first lesson. I know this would be exciting to a young child as well as a great motivator for an adult who has experienced writing challenges in the past.
See some sample pages of CursiveLogic (The link is at the bottom of the page).
The program is truly written with the student in mind from the structure and method of the program down to the design and construction of the workbook. I also like that the spiral bound workbook is accommodating for both right-handed and left-handed hand writers; the binding does not get in the way as the student is writing.
I would say CursiveLogic is a good choice for your upper elementary to highschool student who may need cursive writing practice.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
The CursiveLogic Workbook is available for $29.
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