Should Kids Learn Cursive?

There’s a debate going on about cursive. Is it outdated for kids to learn it, since they will be spending most of their time writing using a keyboard? Or is it a skill they should have? 

The answer is somewhere in between. While it’s not essential that kids learn cursive, they do need to learn how to write – using a writing instrument that they hold.

Here’s why.

The act of writing has been shown, time and time again, to help kids learn their letters. There is a clear benefit to actually creating the letters and learning the sounds that go with them that promotes visual recognition. New research on the brain keeps showing how motor areas are not segregated from other areas responsible for “higher-order” cognitive processes – in fact they seem to be tightly intertwined. Fine motor skills provide a key platform for kids to experience “hands-on” learning -it can’t really happen any other way.

Some may still feel that cursive is important. I can go either way on this one. Everyone understands that kids will use keyboards as a writing tool. No argument there. But it’s critical to embrace the idea that kids need to learn to write in order to best learn their letters – and how to use them.

Cursive “Thank you” via Shutterstock.com

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