Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Logical Approach to Cursive Writing with CursiveLogic (REVIEW)

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you should know that I have quite the fondness for CursiveLogic. I love the logical approach to cursive writing that CursiveLogic presents. Cursive letter structure is presented in a way that just makes sense. Instead of focusing on each different letter, CursiveLogic focuses on the shared shapes between letters, such as the oval shapes found in Bs, Ds, etc. The program is color coded, and utilizes little chants that really tie together all of the lessons. But did you know they have now added a FANTASTIC adult coloring book?! A while back I told you about a kickstarter they were doing for their coloring book, and I reviewed a few sheets. Well, that book is now in print, and available for sale! 
For this review we received: 
 One CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack

This includes your 112-page spiral bound book. There are 10 lessons in the book that cover each lesson shape. I particularly appreciate the added practice, and the ease of use with the book. They've changed the overall design, and it seems much more user friendly to me now. While the target age is 8 years old, this is perfectly acceptable for older students, even adults to use. 
12 months access to their webinar that includes great instruction in implementing this program, and one The Art of Cursive, their new adult coloring book. This was available on VIMEO, so it was super easy to access. I did have to maintain an internet connection, and during peak periods I had to let it buffer a bit, but that's totally my internet service and the fault of the video. The webinar provides great instruction, tips, and tricks for using CursiveLogic so that you get the most out of it. Linda Shrewsbury developed CursiveLogic when a student longed to learn cursive so that he could sign his name. She has always believed learning the art of cursive handwriting shouldn't be a difficult process, and anyone who can use a pencil and can learn cursive. 
The Art of Cursive: This is their newest addition to the CursiveLogic Family. This coloring book is great! It incorporates beautiful artwork and inspirational quotes to assist your student in their practice. Each design is comprised of the same shapes that form the letters for cursive writing. This is geared toward older students and adults. 
Cursive Logic New Edition
The Art of Cursive Logic
My Thoughts

I've been a fan of CursiveLogic since the beginning. I was blessed to review them years ago, and doubly blessed to review them a number of times since. I've been able to see the transformations the books have gone through, and I was one of the first people to experience the coloring sheets. I can't stress how much I appreciate a company that targets special education and special needs learners to bring them an art, an activity that others learn so easily. CursiveLogic is not just for special learners, it is for any learner. But it is especially great for special needs learners, and I think that's why it holds such a soft spot in my heart. Mr. B has always met me with disdain and complaint when approached to practice cursive writing, but with CursiveLogic, he improves daily. There's less complaint, and he doesn't get lost in the formation of the letters as he had done so with every thing else we had used in the past.

The webinar is a very useful tool. If you have older students, they could watch the webinar on their own and ultimately teach themselves. Younger students could watch along, too, and that would better aid their understanding as you sit with them and help them along. 
I simply love the coloring book. The Art of Cursive is a beautiful work of art, and the quotes are perfect. This is my stress buster, and it also helps Mr. B with extra practice and extra fine motor skills work. As I've mentioned in the past, I love any product that can double as a therapy tool. Overall, we would highly recommend CursiveLogic to others! 
Cursive Logic New Edition March 2018 Discount
Does CursiveLogic Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

I wouldn't suggest working the lessons out of order as that would defeat the purpose. These are physical books, and you can take breaks as needed. I would not jump ahead or flat out skip, at all. 

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees?

There are no hidden fees. The books are physical books, and the webinar is streamed online for a period of time. This is good for child through adult. 

3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long? 

It's not boring. The chants and shape practice lend to muscle memory, and the chants make it more fun, too. The use of color also adds some appeal. The color book is GREAT! I loved it. 

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.

This is strictly cursive handwriting and an adult coloring book. 

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