Real writing, where one’s wrist and hand move in elegant dance across the page, connecting letters into words, connecting the mind to function.
The importance of this cursive cannot be understated.
In the most recent issue of “Costco Connection” – complete with picture of Margaret Atwood on the cover – a question was polled: “Is it important to teach cursive writing in school?” 78% were in favour, 22% not so much.
Of the nay-sayers comments, one in particular is worth noting: “NO, get rid of it. Kids can’t spell or read, let alone write or write cursive. Concentrate on the things that really matter.”
This of course, begs the question of what exactly really matters?
If you think learning cursive doesn’t matter, think again.
Writing cursive has benefits that reach far beyond notions of a dying trend.
- Cursive teaches children discipline, and patience,
- It improves a child’s fine motor skills,
- It connects them in real-time to the important bridge between art and communication.
But here’s the real kicker, this all points to one thing: improved cognitive function. Children who learn cursive are increasing neural activity in their brains.
They are making connections between movement and mind, between personal style and ownership. Writing cursive teaches a child to write letters in a meaningful context, not just as drawn pictures. It heightens their individuality (which is so crucial) and yet connects them to the present and the past.
So, be proud your child is learning cursive. We are! Encourage them to stick with it, even when it’s difficult. Step by step, they are improving themselves.