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Should Kids Learn Cursive?

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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 Is it outdated for kids to learn it, since they will be spending most of their time writing using a keyboard?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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