Skip to main content

Do You Teach Your Children Cursive?

I do!  But I admit that I allow my homeschoolers to print if they'd prefer when they complete most everyday assignments.  So far, everyone likes printing better.  I know Emperor gets mixed up on what he was writing and repeats blends in words ("Empereror" instead of Emperor or whathaveyou).  It's almost as if he gets stuck and it takes a minute to move on. 

But scientific studies show that learning cursive, even for young children, helps their brains develop.  And cursive uses areas of the brain not exercised when typing.  I wish I could use this amazing power and swoosh awesome penmanship across the page at 60 WPM, but I'm not that talented and/or I don't think that quickly.

Perhaps cursive makes us slow down just enough to compose our thoughts well.  I use a fair bit of backspacing and re-reading in my work, but I do remember that when I used cursive it wasn't so.  There wasn't much opportunity for correction, so essays had to spring fully-formed from my brain Athena-style.

One concern some educators and scientists have is that the new Common Core standards don't require a working knowledge of how to write in cursive fluently.  I can't say that teaching my children cursive was necessarily worth the time that it took.  I'm not sure.  To do a decent job at it, it takes a fair bit of work and practice, and increasingly we're finding that children are unable to read even neatly-written cursive letters, which means increasingly we're unable to use the cursive we learn in our day-to-day writings.

It's a shame, really.


Comments

  1. My kids learned cursive in school, sort of. The eldest learned and by the time the second was learning, they were teaching a "modified cursive" style, which didn't go down well with new teachers when we moved to another state where real cursive was being taught. once they got to high school, all essays and other assignments had to be typed anyway as teachers often had trouble reading some of the handwriting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. See? But when I was younger nothing needed be typed. Cursive was what was required. Most people didn't own PCs in the 1980's, let alone a printer.

      Delete
  2. I introduced cursive and the children acknowledged it and kept on printing. Each child, at a different time, came back to me and requested cursive books and practiced on their own. Their cursive is decent, but since we are all tech heads, formal instruction in handwriting was certainly an afterthought

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love looking at other people's cursive but can't write it well myself. I learnt to write in America and Australia, and there are two different sorts of cursive. :/

      Delete
  3. Yes, once the kids reached 4th grade, we learned cursive. Once they reached 6th grade, they were to turn in assignments in cursive. Journaling and notes can be printed.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for sharing this. My children both learned cursive in fourth grade. They do not use it today, but they did learn it. We plan to have children who have not already learned cursive use Handwriting without Tears to learn it. Maybe italics for those who have.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Non-troll comments always welcome! :)

Popular posts from this blog

Reading Curriculum: ABeka Book and BJU Press

Did you know that in the state of Missouri, homeschoolers must teach reading as a separate subject?  I don't know how anyone could homeschool well without teaching their child to read... but OK. 

I got many of my ABeka books used and collected them over time.  I'm glad I came across these readers early in my homeschooling years.  It teaches children to read step-by-step.  I don't think I've seen a more effective reading program for the elementary years.  The children love the stories, and what I appreciate about them is that there is a rich and varied language even in simple-to-read books in this series. 

My set is pretty old, and some are even from the 1960's and no longer listed in the reading series.  I think if I had to do things over again somehow, I think I'd just spend on a curriculum set and be done with it.  That's the thing, though, with homeschooling.  By the time you figure out what the perfect curriculum is for you, your children have graduate…

Homeschooling is NOT So Hard.

I wish I'd have known this starting out. I wish I'd have known that it's actually LESS work to just homeschool your child, than to be an "involved parent" at school.

We've enjoyed elementary school with our older boys. *Most* of the teachers were actually pretty competent and caring (the others, I save for another blog post, another day...). We had the children involved in extra activities like the Spanish Club or Service Club, or choir, and they got a fair bit out of the experience.

But it's a LOT of work.

You get about a ton of worksheets that must be done by a certain time. Usually on a day when you're sick or have no time. You get the phone calls about this or that, and about a zillion sheets per day that sometimes contain important news, so you MUST go through them daily. The schools also *love* to throw in half days, teacher in-service days and early dismissals. Not so bad, unless you have children at more than one school and the schedu…

Holiday Gifts for the Homeschool Teacher!

Merrymaking hint:  leave this post up on your phone/ computer for your family to "accidentally" find!  Let the magic begin!

 All teachers love a little appreciation every now and then, including homeschoolers.   I don't know about you, though, but I don't want any apple crap.  So first rule:  no apple crap! 

Otherwise I'm pretty open.  I love getting gifts, even if it's just something small or simple.  One thing I love is when my children want to help out and make lunch or clean up or put their laundry away.  Or just behave themselves and get their math done.  This is a really big thing when you think about it.  

And from the adults in my life, the gift of coffee always shows love - or rather, someone not wanting an "I need coffee" emergency in the middle of winter after a big snowstorm.  Somehow, I always have a lot of coffee in my pantry during the winter months.  (Guess why.) Thanks, D! 

My gallery of homeschool appreciation pics: