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Copy work is done more frequently in our family lately. Even my teenagers love the copy work activities. It is very surprising that they hated this activities previously. If you have not read our previous post about copy work activities, just read what the children get from copy work activities.
There are several versions of handwriting styles. They are classified into 2 major: print and cursive as you have known. Believe it or not, my teenagers cannot write cursive tidily before they do the copy work activities regularly. On the other hand, the government curriculum has urged kids to learn cursive since they are in kindergarten.
My children learn cursive in kindergarten and they use cursive at school before we decided to homeschool them. Tragically, the cursive writing they had terribly sloppy and messy. Therefore, we didn't use cursive since we started homeschooling five years ago until they forget how to do it. Instead, we learn the italic print writing style. I will share you more about this style later on.
For me, cursive writing is important as it should train your motor much better with the touch of arts. That's right, I consider the cursive writing is an art since it feels like drawing. Cursive writing is going to balance the use of the right and left brain. However, the early learning of cursive will just make the basic writing is not strong enough to grow. In other words, when children are not ready with the print style, cursive style will just make the writing worst.
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- How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don't learn to read and write in cursive?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.
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. They are available for September 2015.
- FREE Super Hero Cursive Alphabet Writing Worksheets – Have you met the Educents Heroes? Your child can practice writing cursive with 53 pages of FREE CURSIVE alphabet worksheets! The Educents Heroes are prepared with both lowercase and uppercase letters.
- Wild Animal Print Cursive Alphabet Posters – A set of 26 cursive alphabet posters in a fun wild animal print for less than $5!
- Revolutionary War Copywork in Cursive Activities – Learn history while you learn how to write cursive! This eBook contains 20 quotes from America's Founding Fathers for kids to write!
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.
- 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 about you? How do you think about teaching cursive to children?
Adelien Tan is a mother of three awesome boys and a wife of a great husband. They are a home education family who live in Surabaya, Indonesia, where home education is still very rare. English is her foreign language, but She tries to use it in blogging.