If math is the bane of my older son’s existence, then handwriting is the same for my youngest son. This boy and I have struggled for YEARS to find a way to improve his handwriting. For this review, I was excited to check out The Rhythm of Handwriting Cursive Complete Set from Logic of English to see if it would work for us. This program is aimed at ages four and up. My son is 12 and in 7th grade. You can learn more about the program at the Rhythm of Handwriting information page.
The first thing that drew me to this program is its use of tactile instruction to teach cursive writing. The program begins with the tactile cards that include sandpaper upper and lowercase letters your child can trace with their fingers. Logic of English breaks cursive handwriting down into movements that really make sense. Children learn how to make a “swoop” and a “swing” and a “dip” motion. Then, when they are given instructions on forming letters, these terms are used. So, the instructions for a lowercase S tell students to “swing up to the midline, scoop around, touch, and glide”. I cannot tell you how much easier this makes it to teach your kids handwriting so they will really learn it. Rather than learning each letter individually, they learn motions and apply them to the letters. For some reason this just makes so much more sense to me, and it really seemed to click with my son too. The cards also reinforce phonetic sounds, which would be useful with younger students.
In addition to the tactile cards, the program comes with a whiteboard that has the printed lines for handwriting practice, as well as a workbook, and a laminated sheet with instructions for each letter. Together, they combine to create one solid program. My son worked on two letters each week. We started the week tracing the letters and movements on the tactile cards first, then practicing them on the whiteboard. At the end of the week we moved on to writing the letters in the workbook.
So what did we think of this program? Judging by my son’s progress and the lack of tears when we used it, it was fantastic!!! I have seen huge improvements in his writing, and because he is learning motions rather than just letters, he seems to be picking it up much quicker. Honestly, I wish I had found this years ago. The lessons only take about 10-15 minutes per day, and I believe they are very effective.
I feel like by the time we finish Logic of English, he will have very solid handwriting. The program starts with lowercase letters and then moves onto uppercase. After working on individual letters, the workbook moves on to writing words and learning how to connect the letters. Logic of English costs $65.00, and I know that sounds a little pricy, but if you have a child that truly struggles with handwriting, and nothing else has worked so far, I would definitely recommend giving this a try.
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