In many school districts in our state, they have done away with cursive writing instruction. But that doesn’t mean that writing cursive is not important. Through the act of writing, the brain is engaged in different ways. That is why you can write out your grocery list – and remember most of the things on it, even when you leave the list on the kitchen counter. (I know you’ve done it too!) Printing is not as effective with this brain-engaging connection (yes, I know there are science-y words to describe and explain all of this, but I like simple). Not only do I want my children to write cursive, they need to be able to read it, too. Letters from grandparents and other relatives are handwritten (that means cursive). Primary source documents used in history studies are often in cursive. Cursive is not out-dated or irrelevant, it is needed. So, what to use for students that want to be able to just do it and not spend months learning it? Or the family whose school is not teaching cursive? CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack to the rescue! We received not only the bundle of workbook and webinar from CursiveLogic but also the new coloring book, The Art of Cursive. I thought we would just enjoy coloring the pages – but I was wrong.
I’ll admit, I didn’t really think we needed cursive curriculum. I mean, can’t they just pick it up from having a chart with cursive letters and practicing it via copywork? Maybe. One of my daughters did. But none of the rest of them were really getting it or writing smoothly. I was familiar with CursiveLogic from earlier reviews so was notified when their coloring book was available for pre-order. We really enjoy the resurgence of coloring and the beautiful books that are available now, so I ordered some. After our experience with the coloring book, I knew we wanted to use this curriculum!
When our books arrived, we subscribed to the webinar that is part of the Quick-Start Pack and sat down to watch. I am so glad I had my 10 year old daughter sit with me. Actually, I watched it before the books arrived so I was familiar with not only the video, but the process. By having my daughter watch with me, she was able to get started right away with the first lessons. She didn’t need to wait for me to fumble through the catch-phrase. The webinar really helped us to hit the ground running. And with an impatient and eager cursive-learner, that makes a difference.
One of my daughter’s favorite things about using CursiveLogic for learning cursive was how colorful it is. Now, the workbook is not full of colorful illustrations. The letters are grouped together based on their formation. Similarly written letters are learned together. The groups are called by their color and the style. But the multi-sensory aspect doesn’t end there. That catch-phrase is integral to the rhythm of writing the letter groups. You can probably tell from the above photos that one of those groups is orange, and its catch-phrase is over, back, trace (or something similar – see we really need that webinar to keep mama straight). My daughter started off tracing that form with her finger and saying the phrase. Then she moved to the letters that use this form. Not only did she learn many letters in a group, but she started with them connected together. This has been the most difficult part for the older siblings to get. In no time, she has been not just connecting these letter sets, or strings, but writing words.
Lowercase is covered first, then the upper case is introduced. We have had to slow down a bit for the upper case. These letters are not as smooth as the lower case. The rhythm and muscle-memory are helping her to keep her writing smooth – even when those capital letters throw her for a loop (pun intended).
As I mentioned, our older girls have had some difficulty with writing smoothly when writing in cursive. They, of course, are a little prickly when someone points this out. The Art of Cursive coloring book is a subtle way to have them practice the smooth strokes of proper connections. They have also been hanging around while I work with their younger sister so have picked up the catch-phrases, too. This is really helping them to develop a good flow to their handwriting. Not only are the pictures pretty to color, they incorporate different strokes and letters into the designs and images. There are also quotes and phrases to copy as well. The paper is a nice weight, with printing on both sides. One side is the image while the other has copywork. We’ve been only using colored pencils in our coloring books (you will want one for each colorer – none of us want to share). It just feels nice to use the colored pencils on the paper (something that is missed when we use felt pens or markers).
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