We certainly are reaching the end of Blogging Through the Alphabet 2021. with the letter W for this week. Today I want to share a few thoughts on teaching our children to write cursive. My co-host Deidre is sharing W is for World in her her Lego Alphabet Series.
When we started homeschooling I assumed I would teach my children to write cursive when they turned nine years old because that's when I learned it at school. I was astounded however when I discovered that cursive was not taught to students in New Zealand. The moment that solidified my decision was when I wrote out a recipe in cursive and gave it to a friend. A few months later I asked if she had made the recipe to which she answered no. When I asked why? She responded with she couldn't read it because it was in cursive! I was astounded it never occurred to me that someone couldn't read cursive. That was the defining moment I decided that my children would learn to both read and write in CURSIVE.
Advantages of Teaching Cursive
- It is less fine-motor skill intensive.
- All the lowercase letters begin in the same place on the baseline.
- Spacing within and between words is controlled.
- By lifting the pencil between words, the beginning and ending of words is emphasized.
- It is difficult to reverse letters such as b’s and d’s.
14 Abilities Needed for Handwriting (Source Brainworks)
- Visual focusing: the ability for the eyes to work together
- Mental attention: the ability to screen out distractions
- Organized physical movements: the ability to maintain posture and hold the writing tool
- Receptive language: the ability to perceive abstract concepts and follow verbal directions
- Inner expressive language: the ability to think clearly, organize ideas and concepts, and communicate through writing
- Memory recall: the ability to remember letter formations and the required movements necessary to make each letter and connection.
- Concentration with awareness: the ability to maintain consistent awareness of details and form over a period of time
- Spatial perception: the ability to utilize space.
- Organization: the ability to organize mind, body, and space to produce meaningful responses
- Integration: the ability to unite the mind, body, and space to create meaningful written expression
- Eye-hand coordination: the ability to use the eyes and hand together as a unit.
- Motor planning: the ability to plan and carry out an action
- Tactile input: the ability to feel the pencil in the hand and apply the appropriate pressure to write
- Crossing midline: the movement of the eyes, a hand, or forearm to move across the midsection of the body without moving any other part of the body
My Product Choice to Teach Cursive
Penmanship Resources on YouTube
- Tips for improving cursive writing a walk through on the different types of pens and the effects they have on the writing experience.
- OpenInkStand Art & Calligraphy This channel has many excellent calligraphy tutorials.
- calligraphy - how to write calligraphy letters - lesson 1 for beginners
- Basic Calligraphy Strokes (Beginner Calligraphy 101) - The Happy Ever Crafter
- Why Cursive Is So Good For Your Brain! (Start this video at 13 seconds. Before this the content is not appropriate)
- Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century by Jake Weidmann
- Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter In surprising studies, researchers find benefits to setting keyboards aside. Read more at Psychology Today by William R. Klemm Ph.D.
- Handwritten Notes Lead to Better Learning College students don't learn as well from typed notes. Read more at Psychology Today by William R. Klemm Ph.D.
- What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
- Ten Reasons People Still Need Cursive - - Multiple links expanding on each of the benefits and reasons behind learning cursive.
- 25 Samples Of Perfect Penmanship That Are Totally On Point
- A few years ago we reviewed Logic of English and one of their philosophies is they teach cursive before they teach print as they found that it made it easier for children to write English and read it as the letters are distinctly different. Denise Eide explains Why Teach Cursive First here.
- Cursive: Reasons it Should Be Taught Today & The Science Behind It - This article contains links and excerpts from the research behind cursive and some of the benefits to you and especially special needs students.
Find the other ABC posts in this series here:
- A is for Art Lessons at Home
- B is for Books Where do You Purchase Yours?
- Charlotte Mason a Round Up of Posts
- Delight Directed Education
- Encouragement for Weary Homeschooling Mothers
- For the Children's Sake
- G is for Geography
- Homeschool Bloggers
- Instagramers to follow who are homeschooling
- Joy in Your Homeschool Journey
- Know Yourself - Stop the Comparison Game
- Life Skills in Your Homeschool
- Math Resource for Home Education
- Netflix in Your Homeschool
- Olympics 2021
- P is for Podcasts
- Read-A-Loud in Your Homeschool
- Science in Your Homeschool
- Teaching From Rest by Sarah Mackenzie
- Ubiquitous Homeschooler
- Value Added Learning
- Writing Cursive
Featured from last week the letter P...
- V is for Vacation over at Our Homeschool Notebook
- Vaughan Williams and Villa-Lobos ~ (composers ABC) from At Home: Where Life Happens
- Letter V Homeschool Tips from Homeschooling Highway.
- Discovering the V Rabbits of the World - At Home Pets.
This Week over at Our Homeschool Notebook the topic is W is for World