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CursiveLogic – A Homeschool Crew Review

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

I believe that all children need to learn the necessary skills of life. One of these is knowing how to write and read cursive. Trying to find a simple program that made it easy for the kids to learn can be hard. However, we had the chance to review CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack and The Art of Cursive from CursiveLogic. This is the program we love for learning cursive in our house.

We have had the chance to review this once before with Moe Man, and we fell in love with how simple it was. I have tried a few different programs with Ray Ray, but they just weren’t what we were looking for. Having the chance to try the newly updated program, I was excited!

What It Is

The CursiveLogic Quick-Start Pack is a workbook and access to the webinar. You will have access to this webinar for 6 months. The webinar shows you how to use the patent-pending CursiveLogic methods. These methods work on a shape-based approach. This means that your child will learn the letters that are the same shape at the same time.

As we learned the shapes, we learned a chant that helped us remember the shape. This was extremely helpful for Ray Ray to remember how to make the letters. Using this method of learning how to write cursive also allowed Ray Ray to write real words right away. This gave him a sense of satisfaction that made him want to do more.

We also received The Art of Cursive coloring book. This is just that, an adult style coloring book that works on the methods of cursive. This is a great way to practice the shapes as well as introduce them to pre-writers. It is also a great relaxing tool for mom when the kids don’t steal it from me!

How We Used It

I watched the webinar first. I wanted to know how to teach Ray Ray the correct way. As I was watching, I figured that at his age he would be able to watch the webinar with me to learn how to do the methods of CursiveLogic. We sat down together and watched the first lesson of the webinar and took did the workbook pages as we went along. Ray Ray was impressed that he was able to catch on within the first lesson. This made him want to learn more.

While this program is easy to use and Ray Ray picked up on it, I realized that he wasn’t ready to move as fast as they suggested. Each lesson is broken down into days, and each day you complete what is listed for that day. Instead of doing all the pages for each day, we slowed down and split the days up. This worked for us, gave us little frustration, and allowed us to continue having fun and learning.

The Art of Cursive was too “girly” for Ray Ray, and he didn’t want to use it. That was fine with me, as I thought it looked like a good thing for me to do to relax at the end of the day. My only problem, Little Miss, stole it from me. The first pages go over the shapes, but after that you get pictures. These are not ordinary pictures, each image is full of the different shapes, along with a quote.

What We Thought

We loved CursiveLogic the first time we tried it, and we love it more with the updates that have been done with it. While they are not drastic changes, they are just enough to make it even more fun and easy to understand. Ray Ray didn’t fight me after we adjusted the schedule to fit us and our learning. He loved that he was able to write in cursive and had to show it off when he saw that learning a and d meant that he could write dad without it being on the paper.

I loved having the webinar to help me teach the methods of CursiveLogic to Ray Ray. Having the webinar set up like it was teaching a classroom of students, made it easy to have Ray Ray watch and learn with me. Pulling that up at the beginning of each new shape method and knowing that he is getting an excellent understanding of how to do this makes me confident in knowing that he will know how to write in cursive without an issue.

Having the necessary skills in life is what I want my kids to learn. Cursive is one of those skills that I feel they need to know. Finding a program like CursiveLogic to teach this skill is a huge stress relief for me.

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Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones – A Review

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

This is a review post. I received this item in exchange for my honest review. Below you will find just that, my honest review.

Learning about the skeletal system should be fun. There should be games and activities that keep a child interested. Keeping them interested is the hardest part. The Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones – Set of 4 was just what we needed in our home!

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

What Is It?

This is a four-book set, each one focusing on different bones within the body. Each of these books can be used for a whole year, making this set start in 3rd grade and finish in the 6th grade.

The four books are:

  1. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Hand, Arm, and Shoulder
  2. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Foot, Let and Pelvis
  3. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Rib Cage and Spine
  4. Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Head, Face, and Neck

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

Each book consists of short, fun, and rhyming lessons. The books are full of activities for the kids to get hands on fun practice with what they have been learning. These activities can range from checking out “x-rays” with 3D glasses to drawing the bones as you trace your hands and feet or even just coloring the ribs while you practice their names.

On top of all the fun that filled the pages, these pages were full color. They are made of a thicker weight paper, so they can stand up to lots of flipping of pages.

How We Used It

Ray Ray was the intended reader of these books. However, he decided to take his learning of his bones a step farther. Two days after we opened the books, Ray Ray fell off his bed and broke his elbow! *Just a heads up, this did not earn him any extra credit, and it is not required when you decide to purchase the books!

Learning Bones with Dr Bonyfide

I did not have any lesson plans to follow when we got these books. Instead, we took the books and had fun with them on our own. I would simply write Dr. Bonyfinde on Ray Ray’s daily lessons and he would read as much or as little as he wanted. Typically, he would read the lesson and stop. The next day he would go and do the activities that went with the lesson.

We used this in addition to our current Science curriculum. The way this played out on our lesson plans was 2-3 times a week using it, depending on the week. This was a perfect spacing option for us.

What We Thought Of It

We love using these books. Ray Ray enjoys that the lessons were short and to the point, yet fun at the same time. He doesn’t get bored and jumps at the chance to do Dr. Bonyfide instead of his current curriculum.

I did notice that when Ray Ray uses a pen or pencil, the color on the back of the pages he writes on transfers to the following pages. While this frustrated us a little, we did find that using a permanent marker helped prevent the transfer and the pages were thick enough to prevent it from bleeding through.

Learning our Bones with Dr Bonyfide

I love that he loves to learn about his body. This is such a fun curriculum that I don’t have to argue with him to work on it. I think we will end up going through more than one book each year, as Ray Ray loves to read them that much.

If you are looking for a fun way to get your child interested in learning about their skeletal system, Dr. Bonyfide is the guy for you!

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