Why Teach Children Cursive? | Our Savior Lutheran School

Why Teach Children Cursive?

     We live in a technology driven world.  We use desktop and laptop computers, touchscreen tablets and phones everyday.  Technology has become an integral part of both the academic and professional worlds.  This technology inundated society leads to questions -  you might have asked yourself, "is it necessary for children to learn cursive in this day and age?"  Maybe you've wondered what, if any, benefits, your child is gaining when they are instructed in cursive at OSL.  However, even though technology and touch screens dominate large parts of our lives, the art of cursive handwriting is still relevant and useful, and your child is benefiting from the instruction they receive in cursive handwriting at OSL.

     Learning to write in cursive is also beneficial for students as they develop and strengthen their reading and spelling skills, because cursive handwriting connects the letters together in writing, thus encouraging language advancement by emphasizing the connection between letters and sounds.  In the same way that when reading, one connects the sounds of the letters together, when writing in cursive, one connects the sounds together as they are written.  Author Leah McLean proposes in Brain Development Could Suffer as Cursive Writing Fades, that learning and practicing cursive handwriting stimulates intelligence and articulacy in language more than printing does.

     Writing in cursive activates and engages parts of the brain that typing or printing do not, and this engagement leads to increased brain development.  William R. Klemm, Ph.D., wrote in his book, Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter, "The benefits to brain development are similar to what you get with learning to play a musical instrument."

     Another, more practical, benefit to cursive handwriting, is that it is faster than printing. We are accustomed to having technology at our fingertips constantly, but we all know that sometimes our device has a dead battery or other malfunction.  Note taking and other work is more quickly completed in cursive versus writing in manuscript.  Learning cursive is also beneficial for students' fine motor skills, and helps develop the pathways between the eyes, hands, and the brain.