I was in shock. I was just told that the school system in our state took out handwriting as a subject. What were they thinking?! I had just finished my training as an educational therapist through the National Institute of Learning Disabilities. They taught me in my training the importance of cursive handwriting as well as how to implement it with my students. I am very passionate about teaching cursive handwriting, and I even wrote my own handwriting curriculum because I wasn’t satisfied with what I found online.
Welcome to my side of the Great Cursive Debate!
WARNING: You may never think about teaching cursive the same way again!
5 Things You Never Knew About Cursive
- Writing in cursive has biological and psychological benefits: better sensory-motor coordination, magnified thinking level, and it dramatically engages both cerebral hemispheres of the brain.
- Cursive and keyboarding are not equal! They use very different skill sets and different parts of the brain. Neither should be taught to the exclusion of the other.
- Writing in cursive is an important tool for cognitive development, especially in children with dyslexia.
- Pencil grip is extremely important and makes a difference in learning!
*These are some of my favorite pencil grips to aid in proper positioning.
- You can start teaching cursive in Kindergarten! Don’t wait until 2nd or 3rd grade. I have taught all my children cursive from the beginning and have seen major benefits! This is one of the reasons I developed The Joy of Handwriting!
Are you convinced? I hope that this has given you something to think about! I have several handwriting tools in my shop, so take a look!