Very few things bring more joy to my life than reviewing new products! This next product I am introducing is one I think you will love as much as I do! One of the most difficult subjects to find a good curriculum, especially for an older child, is cursive writing. I was sent me CursiveLogic Workbook to review and I was blown away. This program has that WOW factor and I can hardly wait for you to try it for yourself. 🙂
Bookworm (my 11-year-old) has had cursive writing practice, but when the cursive handwriting became difficult for him, the tears flowed and I had to shelve the cursive writing for a while. However, I continued to teach him by writing notes, letters and instructions to him in cursive hand writing. In a way, I guess you could call it forced learning. LOL. Unfortunately, many schools have removed the requirement for cursive hand writing. In my opinion this is a travesty! So many historical documents are written in cursive hand writing that many kids will not be able to read without a Google search of the documents in manuscript. As I continued to weigh the pros and cons between the benefits of cursive writing and Bookworm’s tears, I compared the benefits and felt strongly about my kids learning to write and read cursive handwriting. I eventually came to a crossroad deciding which curriculum to use. Bookworm wasn’t interested in “baby” programs. He wanted something that would be simple to learn but was also age appropriate.
The simplicity of CursiveLogic is astonishing! Finally, I found the resource that was simple to learn, age appropriate, engaging and encouraging. The book is well-organized and their learning concept is easy to learn yet amazing!
Here are some things that are important to note:
1. Letters are grouped by shape into four different groupings.
2. Cursive Logic utilizes letter strings which is where letters in each individual group in a specific order.
3. Each shape string has a color. This is really great for those of us who like to color code things!
So how did we use it?
I used this primarily with my oldest child and my niece who has been staying with us. Both kids are 11 years old and would be in the same grade. My niece has always been public schooled and Bookworm homeschooled, so I thought it would be neat to use CursiveLogic with both of them. I was excited to try this program and they were the complete opposite of excited. Bookworm has always struggled with handwriting in any form or fashion and he had the mindset this curriculum would be the same as the rest. My niece told me that she had given up on cursive because it is not a requirement in school and was too difficult to learn. As I put their complaints to the side, we dove right in and, surprisingly, they both immensely enjoyed this curriculum! Bookworm didn’t complain. My niece initially said her hand cramped a little, but after a couple of days exclaimed, “WOW! I am getting the hang of this!” Each child has improved tremendously using CursiveLogic! Bookworm even signed his dependent military ID card in cursive! The last time Bookworm signed his ID card, he was given two chances to get it right but eventually had to print his name. For him to write his name in cursive is a huge milestone for him! I had a proud momma moment..LOL!
This is also a great program for a child who has Aspergers. I say this from personal experiences as Bookworm is an Aspergers kid. CursiveLogic is just that – logic. This program makes such logical sense. If you have a child on the spectrum, I encourage you to give this program a try.