Ever wondered why cursive handwriting is so important when we all just end up writing in print anyway? Most schools teach children to write in cursive and the same has to be practised by the kids, at home.
Parents spend hours upon hours teaching their little one how to turn their Es and how to curve their Cs.
Believe it or not, almost all parents have a point when they question the real value of cursive. Some debate that no one really cares about cursive as long as what’s written is humanely legible. However, there is a reason why schools promote cursive handwriting and here are a few why you should too:
1. Prevents reversals and confusions
Some children don’t grasp concepts as quickly as others do; in such cases, they tend to confuse similar looking letters such as ‘p’ and ‘q’ or ‘b’ and ‘d’. Cursive handwriting makes sure that such confusion is eliminated since every letter is unique in itself and has a huge difference in directionality.
2. Enhances spellings
You may wonder how this is possible. It so happens that children require more concentration and greater effort while writing in cursive and hence develop muscle memory which helps them to retain spelling patterns. So if your child has the fear of certain words, it would be a great idea to induce those words in practice, when they are learning cursive.
3. Development of Internal Control skills
In cursive writing, the multi-faceted incorporation of movement, pressure and visual processing augments visual-spatial and coordination skills. Cursive writing also helps children to develop fluent movement. The neuron connections in the brain, responsible for organizing other kinds of information and skills are greatly strengthened as well.
4. Diminishes Errors
Cursive writing has a continuous flow which greatly reduces the number of mistakes that a child makes. In print writing, a child picks up a pencil and starts writing, in the process of which, he may miss out on a few important letters in the spelling. So not only does cursive enhance spellings, it also reduces errors.
5. Development of reading skills
Reading is improved when children start reading a word instead of reading letters. Since cursive handwriting ensures the togetherness of all letters in a word, children start reading complete words and then sentences. This will not only make them efficient in reading, but it will also improve their reading speed.
Cursive promotes the equal spacing of words and letters which make the entire text look uniform and neat. The flow of writing induces a spatial discipline which is not quite achieved in print writing. This makes it easier to discern what the child has written.
7. Helps Left-Handed Children
In print writing, children who are left-handed start writing from left to right and then immediately cover it with their right hand; this is a hook position which causes them great inconvenience. However, in cursive, left-handed children learn to write from bottom-up and eventually turn the page clockwise which provides them great comfort and legibility.