Are you teaching your students to write in cursive?
I’ve read quite a bit of varying opinions on both the benefits and non-relevance of teaching cursive in a modern tech-driven world where most communication and documentation is typed. Personally, I think cursive is extremely beneficial beyond just an art form. You must, too, if you are reading this. That is why I was exciting to for the opportunity to review CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive by CursiveLogic.
The Product: CursiveLogic Student Workbook
Instead of teaching individual cursive letters day after day, CursiveLogic categorizes all lowercase letters into one of four shape groups, each with its own verbal catch phrase. Each group is color-coded and taught as a string. Sound difficult? It’s really not. As you learn the foundational principles, you will find that this approach is very intuitive.
For example, let’s look at the ‘Orange Oval’ letter. All the lowercase letters shown in the picture below (a, c, d, g, q, o) are made using the same initial shape, dubbed ‘Over, Back-trace.’ All these letters are taught in a group or string, meaning they will written together to help form muscle memory for this group.
The color, shape, and verbal catch phrases for each group utilizes a multi-sensory approach, which reinforces learning. Once the strings have been committed to mental and muscle memory, lessons progress to teach connectivity and uppercase letters.
The Student Workbook has 10 lessons, each designed to be taught in one week, but you can, of course, adapt to the needs of your students. You will find blue boxes scattered throughout the workbook containing reminders and great teaching tips.
The Product: CursiveLogic Webinar
You may have noticed that there isn’t a Teacher’s Manual. Don’t worry! CursiveLogic offers a webinar course to teach you the foundations of the program and how to teach it to your student. This 50 minutes lecture will take you through the Student Workbook step-by-step in order to build your familiarity and confidence in this system and be able to guide your students through it appropriately. Further ‘Teaching Notes’ can be found on page in the Student Workbook.
The Product: The Art of Cursive
Once the the basics of curves is acquired, continued practice can be found in The Art of Cursive, an adult coloring book designed to improve your handwriting in a fun and calming way.
The first few pages reviews the same shape groups and strings taught in the CursiveLogic Student Workbook. Then each set of pages thereafter has a ‘Practice’ page where you trace and write a quote. Then, interestingly, you decorate the pictures using cursive lines.
The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack book is spiral-bound at the top, making it work well for both right-handed and left-handed students.
Flow and Momentum
I like how letters are not taught in isolation but always in a string. I think this is more intuitive when it comes to cursive — with a few exceptions, when do you ever write single letters?
The use of color, shape, and verbal catch-phrases enhances the learning experience by appealing to and using multiple senses and making it fun
Have you tried the CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack or The Art of Cursive by CursiveLogic? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. If not, take advantage of this 20% coupon through March 31, 2018. Promo code: CREW2018
Till Next Time,