Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Cursive Handwriting

Pros and cons of cursive - Educents Blog

The Argument to Teach Cursive

Are you a supporter of learning to write cursive? Many schools today do not teach cursive so it is becoming a lost art. After signing on for Common Core, Utah had to fight to add cursive back into their standards, after 8 months they eventually were given permission to teach cursive.  Does your public school teach cursive?
Many of my past relatives wrote their journals in cursive.  I have written several entries in my journal in cursive.  I want my children to be able to read what their past relatives have written,  that is why I teach them cursive.  Also, many historical documents are in cursive, yes they have been put into print, but what if someone tries to put their own words into the document. It's always best to be able to go back to the source.  

Other benefits of cursive include:
Improves brain development in thinking, memory and language
Leads to increased comprehension
Children that write in cursive can generate more ideas and words Huffington Post
Increases brain activity Education News

Some parents and educators want cursive handwriting to be included in students' lessons. Here's what they said about that:
  • How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don't learn to read and write in cursive? -Sara J.
  • I don't think it has been taught in our school for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Cursive writing will become a lost art in America. I think it should still be taught. -Claudia A.
  • Yes! It's part of my children's 2nd grade homeschool curriculum. They just started doing it, and they are so excited about it. :) -Angela M.

Cursive - Educents Blog

The Argument Not to Teach Cursive

Some say cursive is no longer an essential lesson to teach kids, here's their reasonings for that:
  • No, it's not relevant anymore. Learn typing instead. -Robert C.
  • Honestly, it's no longer important. Teach them to sign their name; then teach them to convey their thoughts, and be persuasive, via oral and written communications. Why would we want to spend valuable school time, beyond a day or two, teaching someone to sign their name in cursive? Why don't we spend time teaching calculations via abacus or slide rules? -Gary F.
  • I can read Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Bible among other things all without ever needing cursive. Just don't get the hype. -Mike E.

Handwriting Resources for Kids

Are you an educator or parent who wants to spend time teaching your kids how to write in cursive? If so, these resources from Educents will make it a lot more easy and FUN to learn cursive. Super Cursive Freebie - Educents Blog

Web Learning Resources for Kids

Online learning is becoming even more important for the next generations. Educents also has affordable resources that helps children develop their typing and coding skills. Writing Programs - Educents Blog
  • Learn to Mod with Minecraft – Did you know kids can learn how to code by modifying (or
    “modding”) Minecraft®? Kids learn how to code in Java® and apply it to Minecraft®
    themed problems!
  • The WriteWell App – A simple and intuitive web-based tool that makes writing fun and effective. With its unique visual and tactile interface and library of interactive essay templates, WriteWell is a convenient tool for teachers and students at home or in the classroom.
  • Handwriting Worksheet Wizard – StartWrite helps teachers, homeschoolers, and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily. This program saves hours in lesson preparation time, yet allows you to easily create fun, meaningful worksheet to teach handwriting.

What do you think?

Do you teach your kids cursive or not? Leave a comment below.

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