I have a lot lately about cursive handwriting being removed from schools. However, I have also read a lot about how cursive writing can be a huge help to students with dysgraphia. I planned to teach R to write in cursive starting in the fall. However, I was asked by The Homeschool Review Crew if I wanted to review a CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic and I could not turn it down. I decided now was as good a time as any to start a cursive writing curriculum with R.
How were the lessons set up?
These lessons are broken up in to different types of letters. Instead of teaching the letters in alphabetical order the lessons work on each of these letter types to give the child a better chance to learn them.
The student will start by tracing letters with their fingers, then trace with a pencil, then finally practice writing the letter themselves using what they learned.
These lessons also use a repetitive phrase that goes with each type of letter to help the child focus on what they are working on.
They also work with letter strings to let the student practice connecting letters from day one. This has been a huge bonus for R because she is already practicing words.
What did I think of it?
R has been really excited about this cursive writing curriculum so far. This may have a lot to do with the fact that she has been begging me to teach her cursive for the entire school year but I think a lot has to do with the curriculum as well.
She immediately picked up her pencil and started to work hard. In fact, I haven’t had to ask her at all to do her writing work. Each day we work on a page of this curriculum. I am impressed with how quickly she is picking up the concepts put forth. The only area she seems to struggle with is lifting her pencil. However, we are practicing this as part of her daily work and she is showing a great deal of improvement.
I am also very impressed with the growth I am seeing from page to page. She is already doing better with cursive writing than she did with printing. There seems to be a reward implied for the child yearning to write in cursive. In a few short lessons R really was able to connect letters and write fairly well for a beginner.
How easy is it to use?
As I said above this curriculum is very easy to use. In fact, R has been voluntarily doing it on her own. I do have to work with her to teach the material and make sure she is executing it well. This is not very involved and I find the lessons don’t take long at all.
How much does it cost?
The book I received is only $29. This is very reasonable for all that you get in this one book.