Should You or Shouldn’t You Teach Cursive?

Do you teach your child cursive?

There has been a debate going on concerning this topic for quite some time.

Jennifer and I was just sitting here discussing whether or not cursive should be taught anymore when this blog post hit my email. Here is my take on things as the mom of dyslexic children… TEACH THEM CURSIVE.

Okay I’m ready for all of the naysayers to start disagreeing, but realize I am coming from the perspective of a mom who is teaching children with auditory processing issues. What this means is they have trouble distinguishing which sound comes where in a word. If my son sees the word slit he may read it as still. Connecting the letters manually through cursive can actually help them blend the sounds more easily. An article from Brain Balance shares some good insight as to the reasoning behind why cursive is a good thing for dyslexic students. Read that article HERE.

But, I do understand where many of you may be coming from where cursive is concerned. You may have that child who finds it difficult and it is simply easier to avoid the frustrated tears. That was me before my son Josef was tested. I had plenty of good reasons why I thought cursive was unnecessary because it made my life easier. Ultimately, you have to do what you feel is best for your individual child, but at least consider adding cursive to your dyslexic child’s schedule.

Here are some other reasons:

  • You get a handwritten letter that is written in cursive. Can you read it?
  • You need to send a Thank You note to a business associate. What would seem more personal, cursive or manuscript?
  • Jennifer said, “What if we have some cosmic cataclysmic event like a solar flare that takes out all of our electricity. We would be back in the dark ages. And we would have to be able to read each others handwriting. (This one makes the most sense to me)

They mention a few other pro’s and con’s in the following blog post. I am actually really excited to share the resources they offer. I’ll be downloading these worksheets for Zane later today. Why not join me. I mean they are FREE!
Pros and cons of cursive - Educents Blog

The Argument to Teach Cursive

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  • How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don’t learn to read and write in cursive?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

Download FREE cursive handwriting worksheets on Educents!

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?

What is your take? To learn cursive or not to learn cursive, what is the answer? Comment below.

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Robin Liner is a wife, and veteran homeschool mom with over twenty years experience. She has written two picture books and actively blogs about homeschooling with an emphasis on teaching dyslexic children at crazygoodreaders.wordpress.com. and athomewithdyslexia.com Feel free to contact her at robin@crazygoodreaders.com

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