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Monday, July 6, 2015


I can't believe how fast my baby girl is growing up!  She's reached the end of second grade, and is starting to learn cursive, thanks to CursiveLogic.  We received the CursiveLogic Workbook for review purposes, and I had Hannah do a page each day when she was doing her homework from school.  It was a quick and easy way to teach cursive handwriting.

CursiveLogic has a unique method of teaching cursive, that really is logical.  They group the letters by shape, and teach a string of similarly shaped letters together.  There are 4 groups of letters, each with it's own color code and catch phrase.  The catch phrases are designed to help kids remember how to make the letters.  This has been a fun way to learn cursive, and I've been really pleased with how well Hannah has picked up the fine art of handwriting.

There are many reasons for teaching cursive.  In this day of text messaging and emails, a handwritten note is a rarity.  Beautiful handwriting makes a good impression.  It's a skill that lasts a lifetime.

Instead of learning to form each letter individually, working through the entire alphabet, and then learning how to connect them to each other, CursiveLogic's method teaches kids to write similarly shaped letters and then strings them together.  Each group of letters has it's own color, to help kids remember the shapes.  After learning only one of the 4 groups, the letters can be arranged in different ways to make real words.

After learning all 4 groups, students learn how to connect letters from different groups to each other, and then how to sign their name.  At this point, uppercase letters are introduced, and I love that children practice those capital letters by writing proper nouns, such as states, months, and countries.

I have been asked not to share the specific letter groups, as that's CursiveLogic's proprietary information, but I would encourage you to poke around their website and see their program for yourself.  Hannah has been the only one of my children who doesn't groan at the words, "Handwriting time!"  I'm sure some of that is her sweet personality, but I attribute a good portion of it to CursiveLogic's simple and engaging method.

One of the neat features of this top spiral bound book is the write & wipe pages.  There's a section for each of the 4 shape groups, plus practicing the strings, and a few blank lines.  These pages can be used for review or practice long after the workbook portion has been finished.

The CursiveLogic Workbook sells for $29 and is designed for ages 7 and up.  Since it doesn't have any cutesy pictures in it like some programs, this would be great for an older child learning or reviewing cursive writing.  Hannah is 8, and it has been a perfect fit for her.

There are some sample pages you can download from CursiveLogic's website.  You can connect with CursiveLogic on Facebook, Twitter, G+, YouTube, and Instagram.  Read what other Crew families have to say about their experience using CursiveLogic by clicking the box below:

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  1. I learned by letter groups way back in 3rd grade and it's how I started teaching my girls. I'm going to check out the website.

    1. That's neat. I don't remember how I learned, I just remember not liking it, lol. I've only seen one letter at a time instruction in various curriculums we've used, so this seems brilliant to me.