If you’re anywhere around my age then you probably remember learning cursive handwriting. You know… those awkwardly shaped pads of paper with the overly huge lines and a texture that resembled thin plastic.
I was actually super shocked to find out that Common Core Standards didn’t require cursive handwriting to be taught. But why?
The History of Cursive Handwriting
Since the beginning of time, people have always looked for ways to write more swiftly. When my family and I began learning Hebrew, we quickly found out there was a script font. Yep, you guessed it. It’s the cursive Hebrew font.
Even the scribes back in the Mesopotamian days were writing in their form of cursive on clay tablets! Fast forward to the 16th century, and that’s where you’ll find the cursive we’re familiar with today. Folks like Platt Rogers Spencer even coined handwriting as a type of art. And when you think about it, it truly is!
As for why it’s no longer looked at as something worthy to continue teaching… I get it. Our society continues to move full steam ahead into all things digital. There are rarely things to physically sign anymore, but the benefits go beyond being able to sign your John Hancock.
3 Benefits to Teaching Cursive Handwriting
Even in the midst of a technological surge, I still believe we can embrace the benefits of teaching cursive handwriting.
Cursive handwriting boosts the brain.
When it comes to integrating visual and tactile information, cursive handwriting will help your child do it. What ends up happening is certain synapses are firing during writing in cursive that synchronize the left and right hemispheres of the brain. You won’t find this when a child is learning to type!
Cursive writing improves brain development.
Primarily in the areas of thinking, language, and working memory – learning cursive handwriting has been shown to improve:
- overall reading
- writing speed
- fine motor skills
- and more!
Researchers actually found that elementary-aged students who learned cursive handwriting were better at spelling. They seemed to form words more easily, which led to being better readers.
Cursive handwriting promotes creativity.
Think about all that beautiful Bible journaling. All those calligraphy classes. All those cutesy-curly ways to show creative expression. Those branch from knowing how to write in cursive in the first place. Children who learn cursive are more apt to be creative when given the ability to do so.
Free Cursive Writing Printable
I remember wondering when and how I was going to teach my children cursive handwriting. Since we started homeschooling when our first born was in 1st grade, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I needed to figure something out. If you’re in this same boat right now, I have some tips for you:
- Don’t push cursive writing, but slowly introduce it around 3rd grade.
- Start with an easy one-page printable (like my free one below).
- Introduce a couple of letters at a time, both the upper and lowercase.
- Have your child practice words after learning a few letters.
- Make it fun!
To help introduce your child to cursive writing, I’ve created a free one-page printable that has 3 different sections: upper and lowercase together, uppercase only, and lowercase only. I recommend that you print it on cardstock and laminate it to make it reusable. Add it to their morning time binder for daily practice!