Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CursiveLogic: A TOS Crew Review

CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic

CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic is designed for ages 7 to adult. It contains 94 pages of logical, cursive instruction, handwriting practice, and three additional pages that are dry-erase for extra practice in a spiral bound book .  It's just $29.00.   We were also given 3 downloadable PDF's of practice pages for The Psalms, The Gettysburg Address and The Declaration of Independence.

The Bentz Test Laboratory still teaches cursive!  Yes, even though many public schools have dropped this from their teaching, we are hanging on to it.  Why, you ask?  Cursive has many benefits actually.  It trains your brain, it increases focus and memory skills, and it's a creative outlet. 

However, my 3rd grade son, and tester might disagree :-)  Handwriting is simply a chore for him, and not something he's eager to do,  brain benefits or not. The process of learning an entire new way of writing...cursive, seems like a daunting, time stealing task.    The CursiveLogic Workbook from CursiveLogic is a streamlined, logical approach that makes sense...even to him!

Instead of a rote memorization approach, CursiveLogic teaches all the letter "shapes" connected into a letter string.  Teaching these four basic shapes allows all the similarly formed letters to be taught in the same way at the same time. The entire lowercase alphabet can be taught in just 4 lessons.  

Stringing letters together right away allows your student to begin connecting the letters right from the start to write real words. My tester loved this part, he could master this in "no time."


By using color cues for the letter shapes and “verbal task analysis,” or saying an action verbally as it is performed manually, aids in the development of muscle memory, and gives them a mnemonic they can return to over and over.  CursiveLogic helps engage their senses for better memory.

After mastering all the letters and strings, students then practice cursive by tracing and then writing famous historical sayings.

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This is a surprising simple and painless way to teach cursive writing. It has no teacher prep required, all of the instructions are included in the workbook.   My tester's fear of cursive disappeared when he realized he could master it in just four lessons!   Breaking it down into logical steps has proven successful and letting him set his own pace has proven a winner. 

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