Sometimes, as a Mama, I do things just because I have always done them. Do you know what I mean? For example, my little ones have always had an early bedtime. I know in the back of my mind there are tons of benefits for this, but I haven’t really taken the time to research them. I just put my little ones to bed early.
Another thing I do is teach my little ones cursive writing. This is one of those things that I knew had tons of benefits, but I had never taken the time to research them—until now.
That’s right, friends. You are about to get the fabulous recap notes from many nights of research. Many long nights and cups of coffee later, I have realized that the ins and outs, history, and benefits of cursive writing is quite the wormhole.
As it turns out, the benefits of cursive writing and why it should be taught to children are plentiful. The reasons many children are no longer taught cursive writing, though, are not. The biggest reason I could find for why it is no longer being taught is simply it is not felt to be needed or relevant any longer.
BUT… when you look at all of the benefits of cursive writing, you will see a much different picture. There are incredible benefits to children! So much so that I would say it is indeed still needed.
Free Printable Cursive Writing Practice Pages
Just before we get into all of those benefits, you’ll want to grab these Free Printable Cursive Writing Practice Pages. I know you’ll be just as gung-ho about cursive writing after reading through these benefits, so let’s get you set to dive right in!
8 Surprising Benefits of Cursive Writing
Here are 8 benefits of cursive writing to show why teaching cursive writing is still important:
1. Cursive letters are easier for young children to form. Writing in print with all of the starts, stops, and hard lines tends to be difficult for young children. Writing in a smooth, flowing, curving, connecting pattern is much easier for little hands still developing fine motor control.
2. Cursive writing reduces letter reversals. Young children very commonly struggle with letter reversals when printing. Letters b and d are examples of two print letters that look very, very similar. Children start by drawing a line and removing their pencil, then they need to try to remember (or guess) which side the circle goes on. In cursive writing, though, young children do not remove their pencil from the paper. Letters flow from one side of the page to the next in smooth and fluid movements. The letter ‘b’ is made with the stick first, and the letter ‘d’ begins with the circle. Letter reversals vanish!
3. Cursive writing is artistic. Most children love to draw and begin to do so quite naturally. Cursive writing is very artistic and quite like drawing in many ways. Cursive writing flows from this natural drawing ability.
4. Cursive writing helps children with reading and spelling. Because cursive writing flows from the beginning of the word through to the end, cursive letters tend to be more distinct. And since those letters all flow into one another, it strengthens muscle memory on how words are spelled. This actually has been shown to help children learn to read easier and faster.
5. Cursive writing involves crossing the midline. Do you remember a post I wrote some time ago about the importance of crossing the midline? If not, you can read it right here. Cursive writing is a fabulous activity for crossing the midline!
6. Cursive writing leads to increased writing speed and lowered hand fatigue. Due to the flowing nature of cursive writing, children who write cursive do so quicker and with less stress on little hand muscles. There is no starting and stopping, removing the pencil and placing it down again to shape each individual letter as there is with printing.
7. Cursive writing helps with the retention of information. This benefit of cursive writing is actually a benefit of printing as well, but it needs to be mentioned due to the current shift towards typing reports, papers, and basically everything. It has been shown that writing things down by hand helps us to remember that information much better. This is a huge benefit to children learning information!
8. Signature. Finally, there will come a day when our little ones need to sign their names. Be it at the bank or on a driver’s license, that day will come. Voila! I have found at least ONE completely practical, daily reason why children should still learn cursive writing!
Isn’t this list surprising? There are SO many fabulous reasons to teach our children cursive writing.
I hope you will consider teaching your own children how to write in cursive! And if you do, I invite you to use my program, How Wee Write in Cursive. From squiggles to sentences, you will be guided in teaching your child how to write in cursive, step-by-step, slowly building up their writing stamina and technique.
Check out How Wee Write in Cursive:
Thank you so much for reading, sweet friend!