I have decided that this summer my children will master cursive handwriting. I bought a cursive workbook for each of them a while back. (I’m too embarrassed to state how long ago.) Of course, with all of the other subjects they were studying I wasn’t pushy about finishing the workbook quickly. As a matter of fact, we only got through the letter “F.” But, now that summer is here (and I don’t want their brains to turn to mush) I have decided to have them finish the workbook.
You might be wondering why I am teaching cursive when so many schools aren’t teaching it anymore. Well, first of all, I think all students should be taught cursive. And second, a while back I went to a workshop led by Denise Eide. Denise is the author of the multiple award-winning book Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and Literacy, and the Logic of English series of curriculum and learning materials. In her workshop (I believe it was called Teaching Handwriting with Success) Denise spoke about the history of cursive writing. She explained that a long time ago, children in school would learn cursive first. She also explained that learning cursive handwriting was beneficial to children with reading & writing disabilities. For more in depth details go here…it’s really interesting. I couldn’t believe it. It all made sense. As Denise spoke, I
cried realized that I should teach Sophia and (especially) Elijah cursive writing…asap. Well, life got in the way and teaching cursive didn’t happen asap. I’m kicking myself for it; but, whatever. I’m teaching it now.
We use the Essentials curriculum (from Denise Eide) as part of our Reading and Language Arts studies. I cannot express how much I LOVE this curriculum. Why am I taking about this curriculum when we were just talking about cursive? Well, I’ll tell you. It has helped my son in SO many ways. He was diagnosed with a reading & reading comprehension disability. He was also diagnosed with Dysgraphia. When he was in public school, he had an IEP & 504 which you can read about here and here. Had I known that cursive would be so much easier for Elijah than manuscript, I would have taught him cursive first. Hindsight is 20/20. Lesson learned. Anyway, to top off a great curriculum, Denise offers it in manuscript and cursive…Awesome!
Denise also offers a cursive workbook you can find here.
If you want to check out some great videos of Denise explaining a lot of stuff I wish I had known when I was in school check out a couple of my favorite videos here and here. And, for other great videos go here, and go to the Logic of English FaceBook page.
Now, back to cursive. Do your children know how to write in cursive? What age did they learn cursive? If they don’t know cursive already, are you planning to teach them? How old were you when you learned? (I was in third grade.) I know…lots of questions. I’m just curious. 🙂
Pinterest has a lot of great resources for cursive handwriting. This one really stood out to me. Maybe if more people knew the why behind cursive handwriting, and the benefits of it, they would be more inclined to teach their children. Thoughts?
Wabi Sabi Mommy
* I am not being paid by Denise Eide / Logic of English…I just REALLY love the products!