Handwriting Help {Homeschool Review Crew}

Handwriting Help

Homeschool Review Crew

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks
As my children have aged I’ve realized that we need handwriting help.  Their handwriting leaves a lot to be desired.  While they might have had nice neat handwriting at some point in time it’s gotten a bit lazy and sloppy.  I was excited to review Easy Peasy Cursive through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks.  They have several fun curriculums like Easy Peasy Alphabet and My First Letters.  It was hard to choose which one we wanted to use the most but I finally decided cursive won out.

About the Curriculum

 

Channie's Easy Peasy Cursive Workbook
 

The premise of Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Workbooks is to give kids more than just a properly formed letter to view. She gives them a visual guide of colored blocks and divider lines to help them learn how to properly form their letters.  These seem to be a great handwriting help and really make writing less of a guessing game.

I love that she gives different colors to show where the lowercase letters should reach versus the upper case letters.  There are also little divider spaces to help with letter spacing and spacing between words.  This is amazing as I know that my children have had issues with spacing between words and crowding their words together.  When you don’t properly space it’s difficult to know where one word ends and another begins!

The Easy Peasy Cursive workbook that we received is geared for grades first through third.  If you have an advanced kindergartener or think that teaching cursive should come first then this would also in my opinion work well for that.  If you’re looking for handwriting help for manuscript writing definitely check out the Easy Peasy Alphabet or My First Letters for those younger kids.  All of the workbooks from Channie’s are geared for ages three through ten and can easily become your handwriting go to.

Our Thoughts

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I have several children learning cursive simultaneously.  I even am having to relearn some of the letters as I don’t write everything in cursive.  It was a bit difficult to choose one child to use this workbook but I finally decided that one of my 9 year old boys could use the most help.  Boys in general in my house have horrid handwriting and getting them to learn cursive has been like pulling teeth because they just don’t get how high letters should go or how to properly form them.  

My son loved that it wasn’t just a plain white paper with lines.  White papers are boring and tend to help him in his quest to lose focus.  Instead of being blinded by white he had neat color patterns which made him think of writing in cursive as more of a game.  Because it was more of a game he was more excited to use it.  Win in my book!  No more fighting over doing handwriting!  

I definitely think this curriculum is amazing and a great handwriting help.  I’d love to get more of this particular book for all of my kids. Even those who have already mastered cursive could use it for practice in being neat and concise.  I also have a twelve year old girl with special needs who is struggling with cursive.  I’m ordering her a workbook so that she can start hopefully finding cursive easy and fun as well.

 

 Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

Learn More

Want to learn more about what other handwriting help might be available through Channie’s Visual Handwriting and Math Worksbooks?  Check out the Main Blog Post over on the Homeschool Review Crew blog.  You can also find Channie’s on facebook

 

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CursiveLogic {TOS Crew Review}

Do you know how to write and read in cursive?  Would you like your children to learn?  Have you tried to teach them but they just can’t seem to grasp the concept?  Then it’s time for you to check out CursiveLogic.  As part of the TOS Crew we received the CursiveLogic Workbook to work with and review.  

 

CursiveLogic Collage

 

When we were asked if we’d like to review this product I was using my second curriculum to teach my older two cursive.  It just hadn’t fully clicked.  Not sure if I started them too early or we didn’t review enough or what, but we were all getting frustrated. So I knew that we were going to want to give CursiveLogic a try! 

 

CursiveLogic {TOS Crew Review}

 

The workbook is priced at $29.  No need for a teacher’s book to go with the student book as it’s all included together.  You will of course need one book per student as this is geared to be used by the student.

The workbook is geared for ages 7 through adult so can be used for teaching cursive the first time or remedial work.  I was using this with my 10-year-old who has done cursive work before but just didn’t quite “get it”.  She loved the bright colors used in this book.  I loved that the teacher instruction is right there and that I don’t need to do any prep work.  Definitely a curriculum you don’t have to prepare for but can just grab and go.  

 

Preparing for CursiveLogic

 

The workbook we received is a 96 page spiral-bound book.  In addition to those 96 pages it also has three dry erase pages which make practicing what they’re learning even more fun!  It’s brightly colored and includes both the teachers instructions and practice pages.   It uses four lessons total that the student will work through so they can understand the five step process being used.  At the end, your student will be able to fluently write all letters of the lower case alphabet with ease.

All of the lowercase letters are taught in cursive in this book but it’s not done through a first then b, etc.  Instead your child gets to thrill their sense of sight as they learn cursive.  All the letters are grouped into brightly colored groups that focus on the strokes needed to write the letters instead of where the letter is alphabetically.  There are four shape groups.  Each of these shape groups has a color, a catchphrase for the student to memorize, and a beginning stroke.  As we mentioned above there are only four lessons in this book.  Each lesson focuses on a different group of letters.

 

CursiveLogic Letter Group Orange

 

We also received these Practice Pages which offer other chances for your child to practice their newly learned cursive.  You’re going to need to purchase the CursiveLogic Workbook in order to understand what is being taught and how to use the practice pages but they are a great asset after you do!  Love that the Practice Pages are the Psalms, The Declaration of Independence, and the Gettysburg Address.  A little memory work going on with their copywork!

For how to use this little program, there aren’t any designations like do this page this day and this the other, but rather you just choose how much to do.  For us, we’d do a lesson a week.  So we finished the program in four weeks.  You can easily spread this out to last longer or do more per day to get it done faster depending on how your child is doing and the pace you set.

 

CursiveLogic Orange Oval Letters

 

Don’t take my word for all of this.  Check out the main Crew Blog Page for all the other reviews.  You can also check out CursiveLogic on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

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