Is cursive being taught at your child’s school?

While many schools have opted for the more efficient/convenient form of writing by using keyboards, there is much to be said about the benefits of writing by hand. Research has shown that students remember what they hand write better than what they type. Your child is most likely learning how to write by hand using printing skills, but what about cursive? Has this type of letter formation become a lost art? According to research, fluency in cursive allows children to think about the content of their writing rather than the formation of letters. Cursive is more fluid and faster than printing which helps the child focus on what they are trying to convey in their writing. Not only does writing in cursive have these benefits, but it has also been shown to increase thinking, language, and working memory. With all this research out there about cursive, why is it that some schools are still opting out of teaching it? Earlier this year, legislatures in Alabama voted to make teaching cursive mandatory before the third grade. The law requires schools to teach cursive in a simplified and developmental was so that students can achieve cursive fluency. Cursive should not be a lost art as it provides so many benefits to the development of children so that they can become professionals in any career they choose. Talk to your teachers and board of educators about the importance of learning cursive!