Why Cursive is Still Important
- I want my children to be able to read the documents that helped for our country in their original forms like the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights.
- Writing in cursive activates different parts of the brain than in print writing. I want my child to be challenged and develop intellectually in a variety of ways. Studies show that children who write can write in both cursive and print get better scores on reading and writing tests.
- They will need it for signing their name to legal documents, I see no good argument in just teaching them to write the letters in their name.
- When we write down our notes and other things we are much more likely to remember it than typing it up, cursive, once we learn it is a quicker way to get our thoughts down on paper.
- Learning the new skill of cursive will give your child a confidence boost as they reach this milestone.
So for these reasons we began our handwriting lessons this year. My son struggles with even print so I knew it would be a challenge but one I wanted to tackle. We spent about in practice time in Patriotic Penmanship, dividing up A-M for week one and N-Z in week two. In addition to the practice lines we used dry erase and practiced on lined paper a bit as well. Then we hopped into Lesson 1 where a quote by George Mason was broken down into one simple sentence. It was further broken down by letter practice, keyword practice, word pairs, and finally the entire sentence. It was great that you could do the lesson at your own pace so we took 3 days over the course of the week to complete it since my son needed a little extra time.
I also loved the added bonus that I could use this resource as our copywork at the same time!