Teaching kids to write in cursive has become the new debate in the educational fields. Is cursive a dying art or is it still a necessary tool that kids should learn?
As homeschoolers we have the opportunity to make that choice ourselves for each of our children individually. We can take into consideration their personal strengths and struggles and decide if cursive is a worthwhile endeavor.
Why Should I Teach Cursive Writing?
Writing in cursive is becoming a forgotten art. People are asking themselves if it is worth it to learn to write in cursive or if it is a waste of time. That’s a hard question to answer although I would argue that there are advantages to learning cursive.
- Some people find writing in cursive easier and faster
- Cursive writing flows so it doesn’t interrupt the thought process
- Many documents are written in cursive, especially historical ones, and it’s worth it to be able to read them
- Studies have shown benefits to cursive such as improved motor control, especially in kids with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
The only disadvantage to learning cursive is that it takes time. Perhaps you don’t want to spend time on learning cursive while you could be working on another subject or your child dislikes handwriting and you don’t want to spend more time working on handwriting skills.
So everyone needs to decide for themselves whether cursive is worthy of their time. Since most of the letters do not vary much from their printed form, it shouldn’t take long to learn to write in cursive.
Should we Learn Print Writing or Cursive Writing First?
Once parents and teachers decide cursive handwriting is worth learning, the next question becomes which one to teach first? Researchers have actually come up with many reasons why cursive should be taught before print.
A few of the top arguments are:
- Cursive is easier to learn
- Left-handed kids find cursive more natural
- Prevents large gaps between letters or whole words squished together
- Nearly eliminates letter reversal problems in letters such as b and d
- The lowercase letters all start in the same place simplifying the learning process
- It requires less of fine motor skills making it easier for young kids than print
Given all of the advantages, it makes a lot of sense to learn cursive first! Kids will easily be able to come back later and learn print but the cursive will give them the opportunity to write easier and with less frustration.
If you have a child that hasn’t started handwriting lessons or forming letters yet, I’d encourage you to consider starting with cursive!
But if you’re already past that (as we are) then just consider some cursive practice to improve those skills!
Cursive Writing Worksheets for Kids
I have an entire alphabet full of cursive writing worksheets. They’re not just kill and drill but meant to be fun worksheets meant for learning to write in cursive. This set is meant to focus on learning each letter and not necessarily learning the mechanics and flow of cursive.
These cursive printables are perfect for learning cursive letters or just some cursive handwriting practice.
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- Aa – Aa is for Apple
- Bb – Bb is for Butterfly
- Cc – Cc is for Caterpillar
- Dd – Dd is for Dog
- Ee – Ee is for Elephant
- Ff – Ff is for Fish
- Gg – Gg is for Grapes
- Hh – Hh is for Heart
- II – Ii is for Igloo
- Jj – Jj is for Jar
- Kk – Kk is for Kite
- Ll – Ll is for Lion
- Mm – Mm is for Mouse
- Nn – Nn is for Nail
- Oo – Oo is for Octopus
- Pp – Pp is for Pumpkin
- Qq – Qq is for Quilt
- Rr – Rr is for Rainbow
- Ss – Ss is for Sun
- Tt – Tt is for Turtle
- Uu – Uu is for Umbrella
- Vv – Vv is for Vacuum
- Ww – Ww is for Watermelon
- Xx – Xx is for Xylophone
- Yy – Yy is for Yarn
- Zz – Zz is for Zebra