10 Reasons to Teach Cursive Handwriting or Penmanship

If there is one talent that Grandmothers have that is superior to yours, it is her cursive handwriting. Older generations have better penmanship than recent generations. Grandma beams with pride when she gets  compliments on how her writing flows beautifully in paper.

Grandma beams with pride when she gets  compliments on how her writing flows beautifully in paper. In her days, children were taught in cursive. Handwriting is a core subject. It requires as much as an hour of practice each day. Cursive writing was taught as early as first grade.

Since 1941, schools used the "ball and stick" manuscript or print. As a consequence, we have a generation of handwriting disasters. Children write with words so close together. Common letter reversals and confusions with patterns of "b and d", "m and w", "d and g" are so rampant among school children until middle school. Thus, many students are diagnosed with learning disabilities including dyslexia.

Proponents of teaching print first point out to the possibility that children will have difficulty reading books since it is not in cursive. They also claim that teaching cursive requires more complicated strokes. They argue that the resulting poor handwriting of the present generation can be solved by technology through the use of computer devices. Thus, cursive writing is a lost art that is replaceable by new technologies.

If the benefits of teaching cursive first is understood, many parents will delay the introduction of print in later years of childhood and focus on teaching cursive first in preschool to first grade.

1. Relative ease in introducing cursive penmanship to preschoolers.

2. Prevents reversals and confusion of letters

3. Enhances spelling ability

4. Develops internal control systems that can be used as tool for learning

5. Potential for errors are diminished

6. Improved reading skills

7. Enforces the skills for patterns in reading and writing

8. Prevents erratic spaces between letters and words

9. Helps Left Handed Children

10. Use as a tool to put thoughts on paper quickly and easily


The handwriting of our present generation is pathetic. The generation of our grandmothers are proud of their cursive handwriting because they labored to perfect the art of cursive handwriting.

With print being taught first in schools and many home school curricula, bad habits are acquired that are difficult to break. The shocking proportions of learning disabilities including Dysgraphia and Dyslexia in our generation may be to a certain extent, be related to print handwriting.

For detailed explanation of each of the ten reasons cited above, please visit the full transcript of the article at Yahoo's Associated Content. This is a reprint from the article of Mrs. Treasures.

Read more about "Teaching Cursive First Before Print, How to do it?"

Article of Mrs. Treasures on Cursive Handwriting

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