I am excited to partner with Oak Meadow today to bring you this post on the benefits of cursive writing.
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 know has tons of benefits, but I have never taken the time to research them. I have just taught them cursive writing … 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, benefits and history of cursive writing is quite the worm hole. 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. Here are 8 benefits of cursive writing that will help us to see why teaching cursive writing is still important:
1. Cursive flowing letters are easier for young children to form as fine motor skills develop. 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. 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. 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 letters are distinct. 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 muscles memory on how words are spelled. This actually has been shown to help children learn to read easier and faster.
5, Crossing the midline. Do you remember a post I wrote some time ago about the importance of crossing midline? If not you can read it right here. Cursive writing is a fabulous activity for crossing the midline.
6. 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 too. 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. Increased retention of information. This benefit of cursive writing is actually a benefit of printing as well but 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.
Today I had the pleasure of partnering with Oak Meadow. A company I adore and a curriculum I use with my own little ones. Oak Meadow also understands the value of teaching cursive writing and has it as a staple in their curriculum along with other important, wonderful skills beyond simply reading, writing, and math. All those things that we can just teach knowing it benefits our little ones without needing to do all the research behind it, as Oak Meadow has already done it. Which is a fabulous thing, as finding out the ‘why’ behind things can be a worm hole my friends. A very, very long worm hole filled with many late nights and cups of coffee.
Now it is GIVEAWAY TIME! Oak Meadow is generously offering some of their Cursive Writing workbooks to my American and Canadian readers!
To be entered to win one of these 5 workbooks, please comment below and simply tell me whether you are a Canadian or an American. Good Luck!
Please note, the contest is now closed. Congratulations to our winners!