CursiveLogic is a novel method for teaching cursive handwriting created by Linda Shrewsbury. She has developed a unique and tested way to teach cursive to children and adults that short circuits inefficient techniques and condenses learning cursive into a few sessions. The information she provides on the Kickstarter campaign page and CursiveLogic website is convincing and fascinating.
Linda has developed a workbook for teaching the CursiveLogic method, and the goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to fund further development of the system. The Kickstarter ends in three days, and it’s very close to reaching its funding goal.
Not too long after I published my post on relearning cursive, Linda contacted me to preview an advanced copy of the CursiveLogic workbook. Knowing I wouldn’t have time to work with the system and workbook to do a proper review, I didn’t take her up on the offer. However, I’ve had behind-the-scenes access to a video preview of the workbook, and along with information provided on the website, I’m super-impressed with everything I’ve learned about her teaching methodology.
I support Linda’s efforts, and I feel the system makes sense and is a very worthwhile addition to cursive education. I’ve backed the Kickstarter at the $25 level to receive a CursiveLogic workbook. It will be a valuable tool for myself and my children (when they get a little older).
It All Started With a Simple Request
At the CursiveLogic website and Kickstarter page, Linda shares with us the moving story of how she was teaching reading to Josh, an adult student with learning disabilities. Josh asked her to teach him cursive so he could sign his name. She wanted to help Josh, but realized the challenge in front of her. From this encounter and simple request, what ultimately became the CursiveLogic system began.
Linda was able to break the alphabet down into four patterns that were less cumbersome than trying to memorize the formation of 26 letters. Linda had great success with Josh, and she claims with one teaching session using her process, Josh was able to sign his own name.
This success reinforced the effectiveness of her methods, and she goes on to state:
“After teaching more students from many different backgrounds all with similar results, I realized I was onto something— a greatly simplified way to help students master cursive handwriting.”
Below is an excellent video that gives a great introduction and overview of the CursiveLogic method.
I think this is a campaign worth backing, and I urge you to visit the CursiveLogic Kickstarter page and website to read more about how Linda came to developing it, as well as a much more thorough explanation of the CursiveLogic method of teaching cursive. If the preservation of cursive handwriting is important to you, please consider supporting the campaign. I could see the efficiency of the CursiveLogic teaching process getting enough traction and support of decision makers in education to make a real difference.
Cursive education in schools doesn’t have to disappear. Maybe all it needs is an effective overhaul. Educational curriculum certainly needs to change to keep up with the times and technology, but cursive education doesn’t have to be sacrificed. As class time is partitioned to fit in all that is deemed important, creative teaching techniques and solutions are needed. CursiveLogic may just be the answer for cursive handwriting education.