The CursiveLogic Workbook is a 96-page full color spiral bound workbook printed in landscape orientation on high quality paper with a durable glossy cover. The spiral binding is at the top, so when the notebook is open, both pages face the same way so the entire lesson can be viewed while the student practices.
The workbook beings with information about proper posture and hand position to reduce fatigue and create good penmanship habits.
The CursiveLogic approach uses the way cursive letters are shaped to help children do more than just memorize how these letters look and are formed. CursiveLogic also worked with Educational Fontware to create a unique font for this program. It resembles 'traditional' cursive, but without some of the more ornate (and confusing) elements of some cursive styles.
According to the CursiveLogic Workbook there are four basic shapes, and children practice all of the similar letters in a lesson. These common shaped letters are also taught as letter strings to students learn the ways cursive letters are connected, and from the first lesson, they are writing in cursive. Being able to write in cursive immediately and learning real words helps students feel successful, which motivates them to persist with other lessons.
These letter strings are also color-coded to reinforce the similar shapes of the letters, and catch phrases spoken while forming letters create yet another memory hook. Continual practice develops muscle memory as well.
The lesson practice pages are consumable, but at the back of the workbook there are three dry-erase practice pages so that students can continue to review the four CursiveLogic letter strings as many times as necessary. And if you sign up for the CursiveLogic Newsletter, you will receive practice pages you can download, like Writing American History: The Gettysburg Address.
Review and Recommendations:
We used the CursiveLogic Workbook as daily penmanship practice, working through one lesson at a time. Kenny occasionally shows some interest in learning cursive, but penmanship can be very monotonous to a young boy who seldom sees it used in real life. However, when we went to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to apply for a State ID, he suddenly had to sign his name in cursive. Now he's Mr. Motivation, and dove in to the CursiveLogic Workbook with a little more enthusiasm.
We have become believers in the CursiveLogic approach. The shapes and letter strings put cursive together in a very simple and concrete way. It's enough practice to cement how cursive letters are formed without becoming tedious and tiring. Being able to write actual words in cursive is the kind of incentive a kid needs to encourage him to persist.
I also think the font helps. It makes many letters much easier to form and connect, which reduces fatigue and helps Kenny practice longer.
The workbook itself is comfortable to use, and the high quality paper (Have I ever mentioned that I'm a sucker for high quality paper?) makes writing much smoother and easier.
The spiral binding and cover feel very durable, and have stood up to the daily opening, closing, bending, flipping...
We've been very happy with the CursiveLogic Workbook - it's simple and effective, and delivers on its promise to make learning cursive straightforward and more intuitive.