Tuesday, July 7, 2015

CursiveLogic {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Over the past few years, I have learned how important teaching cursive really is. Too bad I didn't learn this while I was still homeschooling my older two, because I failed to teach them cursive. But I am excited about how quick and simple it could be to teach even my older two at the ages they are now, with CursiveLogic!

The past few weeks, I have been using the CursiveLogic Workbook with Little Bit. His progress has been astounding! If my older two would be self-motivated enough, they could use this method to teach themselves. Botanist Boy won't get off scot-free; he will be learning this when his school year starts back up in August.

CursiveLogic is "an intelligent new way to teach cursive." The story behind how this effective method of teaching cursive is really quite inspiring. You won't want to miss reading it.

Four basic shapes make up the entire alphabet. CursiveLogic teaches all of the similar letters in one lesson, greatly simplifying the learning process. Each lesson is divided in to four parts; I had Little Bit doing one part a day.

Rather than teaching letters individually, CursiveLogic teaches all of the letters that share a common shape in a connected string. This allows the letters to reinforce each other and means students are writing cursively from the very beginning.
Each letter string has a theme color that helps students remember the shape.

CursiveLogic uses “verbal task analysis,” or saying an action verbally as it is performed manually, to aid the development of muscle memory and to give students a mnemonic they can return to over and over. This process is good for all sensory learners: visual, verbal, and kinesthetic.

Because CursiveLogic teaches a group of letters in a single lesson, students can write real words at the end of the first lesson. For some students, this immediate success is a huge motivator. It certainly has been for Little Bit.
Little Bit has gone from not knowing cursive at all, to writing neat, legible cursive. And he is even recognizing many of the cursive letters now!
By the way, yes, he can sign his name in cursive now!

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