• An Article on Teaching Cursive First

    This is a wonderful article on why to begin by teaching cursive first. As shown in the article, cursive is the ideal form of handwriting for young students. It is always exciting to find articles which demonstrate the importance of teaching handwriting beginning with cursive.

    From the Suzuki School - Cursive vs. Manuscript: Why Learning Cursive First Benefits Early Readers and Writers

  • Beginning With Cursive Handwriting

    At Pedia Learning we strongly recommend beginning with cursive. Cursive has six primary advantages over print:

    1. It is less fine motor skill intensive.
    2. All the lowercase letters begin in one place, on the baseline.
    3. Spacing within and between words is controlled.
    4. By lifting the pencil between words, the beginning and ending of words is emphasized.
    5. It is difficult to reverse letters such as b's and d's.
    6. The muscle memory that is mastered first will last a lifetime.

  • Connecting uppercase cursive letters


    How do I know which uppercase letters to connect?

  • Cursive Font

    Our new open type cursive font is almost ready! This cursive handwriting font is the best in its class. Each letter connects beautifully as it is typed. Styles with top and bottom guides, with a mid-line, without guides, with arrows, and bold are included. David Occhino Design has worked with us to create a set of characters that follow the recommendations specific to our new Cursive Handwriting program. The font will be available in our store. [2015 update: the font is now available for purchase directly from David Occhino Design.]

  • Developing a Spelling List

    I am greatly enjoying writing curriculum to accompany Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Solution to America's Literacy Crisis. Having the book in front of me has been an invaluable tool. I have been able to reference sample words for each rule and it is providing a consistency across the curriculum.

    The most challenging aspect at this point to writing the curriculum is creating a word list. I have done extensive research on high frequency word lists. Most curricula based upon Dr. Orton's 70 phonograms use the Ayres List of the 1,000 most frequently used words or an Extended Ayres List for spelling.

    I have decided not to use the Ayres list in isolation due to three concerns. First, the Ayres list was originally published in 1918. In the past 93 years there has been a shift in usage.

  • Does starting with cursive lead to confusion in reading?

    A recent email from a parent voiced a question we hear frequently from customers wondering about starting with cursive.

    'I really want to teach my almost 5-year-old cursive first, but I’m worried about confusing him when I’ll be teaching him to read using print-face. I purchased your Foundations curriculum to teach him cursive and am looking for readers written in cursive but haven’t found any as of yet. Has anyone else brought up this concern and do you happen to know of a solution so I can reinforce cursive while teaching reading?'

  • Handwriting Practice - Texture Writing

    Supplies Needed: One gallon ziplock bags and tempera paint.

    Squeeze paint into the ziplock bag. Seal tightly.

    Read the phonogram sound(s) to the children for them to practice writing the phonogram on the bag.

    This is also an excellent way to practice the handwriting strokes.

    Picture compliments of MaryEllen Beattie Plummer

  • Left-Handed Mom

     

     

    A Guest Blog from Mom and LOE user MaryEllen Beattie:

    As a left-handed mom, it was bringing back bad memories of my school days as I watched my left-handed daughter write. She was struggling to hover over the whiteboard in an attempt to not smear the marker with her hand. I could feel her frustration at not being able to form her letters neatly from that position.

  • LoE Cursive and Manuscript Fonts

    Logic of English Handwriting Fonts for Cursive and Manuscript

    Logic of English has developed a style of handwriting that is developmentally appropriate for young students and to aid students who struggle with handwriting, and we have had a custom font developed to match our requirements.

    Each letter is designed to require a minimal amount of fine motor skill, with attention to developing rhythmic handwriting.

  • LOE School Cursive and Manuscript Fonts

    Our Cursive and Manuscript Handwriting Fonts

    Logic of English has developed a style of handwriting that is developmentally appropriate for young students and to aid students who struggle with handwriting, and we have had a custom computer font developed to match our requirements.

    Each letter is designed to require a minimal amount of fine motor skill, with attention to developing rhythmic handwriting.

    We worked with David Occhino Design to develop a custom handwriting font to be used in all of our materials. School LOE™ is used in the handwriting instruction in Rhythm of Handwriting and Foundations. It comes in both cursive and manuscript versions in a variety of text styles. The cursive is a highly sophisticated OpenType font that connects correctly to reproduce the natural flow of handwriting. Read the story of the development of this powerful piece of design technology at the LOE blog: The amazing School Cursive LOE font.

    The fonts are now available for consumers! Visit David Occhino Design to learn more, see system requirements, and purchase the fonts.

    Cursive Font

    Cursive Font

    Highlights

    • All lowercase letters begin on the baseline.
    • Uppercase letters only connect to the next letter if they end on the baseline.
    • The capital Q has been simplified to reflect the manuscript version.
    • Letter formation is closely matched to the manuscript font to facilitate ease in transition from one to another.

    Logic of English Cursive Font Letters a c d g o qu

    Why didn't you use a clock face for forming a, c, d, g, o, and q?

    Each of these letters rolls up to the midline, a clear stopping point for young students.

    Stopping at the midline facilitates better rhythm to the handwriting, as going beyond it to 2 o'clock is less natural for the hand.

    Forming perfectly rounded letters is more difficult than forming oval letters. This shape fits more naturally with the slant of the paper and natural movements of the hand.

    When writing quickly, most people are not able to maintain the perfectly round letters. This is because the elongated shape of the oval with a stopping point closer to the midline facilitates faster writing.

    Using the midline as the stopping point reduces the need to have a shape imposed upon the paper and facilitates more clear directions for instruction without an additional image.

    Manuscript Font

    Manucript New Font

    Highlights

    • Lowercase letters primarily begin on the top line and midline to minimize the number of starting places. The exceptions are b, e, f, h, k, l, and t.
    • Letters are formed with the minimal amount of picking up of the pencil. Picking up the pencil for strokes requires more fine motor and increased instruction on where to place the pencil before beginning the next stroke.
    • Letters are slightly slanted, which is the most natural position for writing.
    • Letter formation is closely matched to the cursive font to facilitate ease in transition from one to another.

    Logic of English Manuscript Font Letters a d i l m n t

    Why didn't you use a clock face for forming a, c, d, g, o, and q?

    Each of these letters rolls up to the midline, a clear stopping point for young students.

    Starting at the midline for these letters eliminates one additional starting position otherwise needed for manuscript handwriting. Programs that use a clock face to teach these letters must add the 2 o'clock position.

    Forming perfectly rounded letters is more difficult than forming oval letters. This shape fits more naturally with the slant of the paper and natural movements of the hand.

    When writing quickly, most people are not able to maintain the perfectly round letters. This is because the elongated shape of the oval with a stopping point closer to the midline facilitates faster writing.

    Using the midline as the stopping point reduces the need to have a shape imposed upon the paper and facilitates more clear directions for instruction without an additional image.

    (Read more about why we recommend cursive on our blog: Why Teach Cursive First)

  • LOE School Cursive Font is now available!


    For those of you who have been waiting eagerly for it...

    Our cursive handwriting font, School Cursive LOE™, is now available!

    It’s beautiful, it accurately reflects the cursive handwriting students are learning in Logic of English curriculum, and you can purchase it for your own use from David Occhino Design!

  • Rhythm of Handwriting Quick Reference

    A teacher’s dream for handwriting instruction!
  • Rhythm of Handwriting Workbook

    Rhythm of Handwriting Workbook
  • ROH Cursive Workbook

    Teaching Cursive

    Whenever possible, we encourage parents and schools to begin handwriting instruction with cursive! (Read why here.)

    Logic of English wanted a custom font that was developmentally appropriate for young students and helpful for students struggling with handwriting. We worked with David Occhino Design to create the School LOE™ font, which they released in 2013 in both manuscript and cursive. The Rhythm of Handwriting Student Book guides you through all the steps needed to help your student develop rhythmic, fluid, comfortable handwriting.

    Cursive Program Highlights
    • All lowercase letters begin on the baseline.
    • Uppercase letters only connect to the next letter if they end on the baseline.
    • The capital Q has been simplified to reflect the manuscript version.
    • Letter formation is closely matched to the manuscript font to facilitate ease in transition from one to another.
    School™ Cursive font samples

    The Rhythm of Handwriting Cursive Student Book can stand alone as a handwriting curriculum, but we recommend supplementing the workbook with one or more of our Handwriting Supplements with the program.

    If you are teaching Foundations, Rhythm of Handwriting instruction is completely incorporated into the curriculum, so you do not need to buy the handwriting book separately.

    Buy now at the Logic of English Store
    LOE Handwriting Supplements
    View Sample Pages
    Interested in purchasing the font?

    The School Cursive LOE font is available for purchase from font designer David Occhino Design for both Microsoft and Mac. Use it to create your own handwriting activities or worksheets for additional practice!

    The font comes with eleven different text styles, including versions versions with and without handwriting lines and directional arrows for students at varying levels of mastery. One of the most advanced cursive fonts on the market, it requires software that supports OpenType format, so do check the system requirements before purchasing.

    Vist David Occhino Design to purchase or learn more!

  • ROH Manuscript Workbook

    Teaching Manuscript

    Program Highlights
    • Most lowercase letters begin on the top line and midline to minimize the number of starting places. In many handwriting curriculums, letters begin in up to seven different places.
    • Letters are formed with minimal lifting of the pencil. Lifting the pencil for strokes requires more fine motor articulation, as well as additional instruction about where to place the pencil to begin the next stroke.
    • Letters are slightly slanted, which is the most natural position for handwriting.
    • Letter formation is closely matched to our cursive style to facilitate ease in transition from one to another.

    Our Handwriting Font

    Logic of English wanted a custom font that was developmentally appropriate for young students and helpful for students struggling with handwriting. We worked with David Occhino Design to create the School™ font. Learn more on our fonts page.

    School™ Manuscript font samples

    The School™ Manuscript font is available for purchase from David Occhino Design.

    The Rhythm of Handwriting Manuscript Student Book can stand alone as a handwriting curriculum. You may also find it helpful to use one or more of our Handwriting Supplements with the program. If you are teaching Foundations, Rhythm of Handwriting instruction is completely incorporated into the curriculum, so you do not need to buy handwriting materials separately.

    See Sample Pages
    View LOE Handwriting Supplements
    Buy Workbooks
    Save 10% - Buy a Complete Manuscript Set!
  • ROH Samples

    Rhythm of Handwriting Curriculum Samples

    Click on the links below to view samples from our Rhythm of Handwriting Student Books and supplemental materials.

    To read more about any of these materials, click the product title.


    Student Workbooks

    Cursive Workbook Manuscript Workbook

    Supplements

    Since Rhythm of Handwriting instruction is incorporated into Foundations lessons, several handwriting supplements are used in the Foundations program. Please note that you do not need to purchase the handwriting Workbooks if you are teaching Foundations.

    Tactile Cards
    Note: these images do not fully convey the most distinctive characteristic of our popular Tactile Cards: the sandpaper texture that gives students a kinesthetic experience of each letter's shape! You can get some sense of the texture in the photograph above.
    Quick Reference Chart Classroom Wall Cards
  • Student Whiteboard

    A high-quality student response board for teaching handwriting and for practicing phonograms and spelling words.
  • Suggested Schedules for Teaching Handwriting

    Students Six and Under

    The students six and under may learn one new phonogram per day. The first 26-30 lessons should be dedicated to learning the A-Z phonograms. Each lesson should include: introduction to a new phonogram, practice hearing the sounds and recognizing the correct phonogram, practice reading the phonograms, and practice writing the phonograms. Drill should include games and age-appropriate review activities. Pedia Learning Inc. publishes The Phonogram and Spelling Game Book which may be used to enhance review. Once the students have learned A-Z, they are ready to begin combining A-Z into short words and to learn the multi-letter phonograms.

  • The amazing School Cursive LOE font

    The Logic of English cursive font, created by David Occhino Design, is a beautiful, powerful piece of design technology. Every letter connects correctly, accurately reflecting the cursive handwriting students are learning in Logic of English curriculum. It may well be the most advanced cursive handwriting font on the market.

    And it was quite an adventure to develop...

  • The End of Cursive?

    I know I am fighting an uphill battle when I tell teachers and parents to teach cursive first. A recent article in ABC news states that 41 states have adopted standards which do not require cursive. This is contrary, though, to what we know about the importance of teaching handwriting. To learn more about why to teach cursive first see my article Beginning with Cursive.

  • The Logic of English Handwriting Style

    In developing Logic of English curriculum we knew that models for handwriting would be important for struggling students. Since we are convinced that cursive is the best way to teach handwriting we began our search for a cursive font to use in our program.

  • The Relationship Between Handwriting and Reading

    New studies have linked handwriting with stronger letter recognition and reading development. Since the advent of the computer, people have been arguing that handwriting should play a less central role in education since most communication will occur through keyboarding. This argument though is not supported by recent studies by Associate professor Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger’s Reading Centre and neurophysiologist Jean-Luc Velay at the University of Marseille. By examining the research, they have confirmed that learning handwriting plays a significant role in learning to read.

  • The Relationship of Handwriting and Reading

    New studies have linked handwriting with stronger letter recognition and reading development. Since the advent of the computer, people have been arguing that handwriting should play a less central role in education since most communication will occur through keyboarding. This argument though is not supported by recent studies by Associate professor Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger's Reading Centre and neurophysiologist Jean-Luc Velay at the University of Marseille. By examining the research, they have confirmed that learning handwriting plays a significant role in learning to read.

  • Tips for Teaching Handwriting

    Tip 1: Teach Lowercase Letters First


    Lowercase letters comprise more than 90% of all that we read and write. Uppercase or capital letters are only used at the beginning of sentences and with proper nouns. Teaching lowercase letters first provides students with the most vital information they need to be successful in learning to read and write. Once students have mastered the lowercase letters, they should be taught how to write the capital letters and how to use them properly.

  • Why Teach Cursive First

    Beginning with Cursive

    As a culture we have been mistakenly led to believe that manuscript is easier for students to learn than cursive. By reserving cursive for third grade we have given a whole generation the false impression that cursive is the “adult” form of handwriting and printing is simpler. However, this is simply not the case.

    At Logic of English we strongly recommend beginning with cursive. Cursive has six primary advantages over manuscript:

    1. It is less fine-motor skill intensive.
    2. All the lowercase letters begin in the same place on the baseline.
    3. Spacing within and between words is controlled.
    4. By lifting the pencil between words, the beginning and ending of words is emphasized.
    5. It is difficult to reverse letters such as b’s and d’s.
    6. The muscle memory that is mastered first will last a lifetime.

  • Why You Tilt Your Paper When Writing

    Why does Logic of English ask students to tilt their paper when they write? Why do we encourage a slant in handwriting? The answer is, "It's natural."
    Check out this quick video to learn more.

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