Michael (8) has always been the child whose handwriting has concerned me the most. Nicholas (10) has messy handwriting, but he can be neat when he chooses, and his cursive is surprisingly neat. Somehow, my right handed Michael (how two lefties produced four righties I'll never know) ended up writing with both a hook and a tripod grip. The combination has meant both that his hand fatigues easily and that his handwriting is, well, bad. Needless to say, anytime a handwriting product comes down the pike, I'm interested! Enter Logic of English's Rhythm of Handwriting!
Each letter is taught as can be seen in the picture above. First, the student traces according to the directions provided (the second small picture). Then, he turns the page and practices on the lines on which he is comfortable. The choice of lines on which to write is a great feature of the this program. Because kids of all ages may be using it, some may need the really large lines, but some may be ready for much smaller lines. Michael chose the lines right in the middle and they were just right for him.
The book proceeds through the alphabet, first lowercase letters (swing, curve, letters that connect at the baseline, loop, letters that connect with a dip connector, and bump) and then uppercase (curve, uppercase letters that connect at the baseline, uppercase letters that do not connect, roll, loop, circle, slash, and miscellaneous). By the end of the book, students are writing three and four letter words.
The Cursive Quick Reference Chart summarizes the directions for all of the letters in the order that they are taught, which means that I don't have to sit right on top of Michael to make sure that I can dictate a letter to him. It is a great tool to add to the book!