In decades past, learning cursive was a requirement in all elementary classrooms. However, as the education system has adapted to an increasingly digital world, cursive has taken a backseat to teaching other computer-related skills.
There are many arguments for and against teaching children cursive. Here are just a few areas where incorporating cursive into your classroom’s handwriting curriculum can benefit your students.
Learning how to write cursive can make it easier to read cursive. Cursive handwriting can pop up in historical documents, letters, and even books. If children know how to write cursive correctly, they won’t have any problems if they stumble across it in an old letter.
Writing in cursive teaches children how letters fit together, which can help improve their spelling skills. Older children who still struggle with spelling could benefit quite a bit from learning a new writing technique.
Because each of the letters are connected in cursive, children’s pencils stay on their paper almost the entire time they’re writing. Conversely, children who write only in print have to pick their writing instruments up repeatedly to form their words.
The constant pen-to-paper contact of cursive means many people who write in cursive can write more quickly than those who favor print.
Cursive requires focus, even for adults. Although that might seem like a detriment, it’s actually beneficial. If you have to focus on what words you’re putting on a page, you’ll have a better chance of retaining what you’re writing down. Knowledge retention is especially useful when it comes to note-taking in the classroom or workplace.
Cursive handwriting might seem obsolete to many, but it’s truly anything but. Teaching children to write cursive can benefit them in several ways, far beyond what’s listed here. Keep these reasons in mind when you decide whether including cursive in your handwriting curriculum is right for you and your students.