Why do we teach Cursive handwriting?

Why do we teach Cursive handwriting?

Cursive is actually easier to learn than manuscript (print). As Maria Montessori said, “The first steps should be the easiest, and the ups and down stroke is, on the contrary, one of the most difficult of all pen movements.” For example, all lower case letters in cursive begin in the same place.


The child in the 3-6 classroom is in the sensitive period for movement and fine motor refinement. This idea of writing can be a pencil or using the moveable alphabet pieces. Once the hand catches up using fine motor skills, it is incredible to watch the explosion of recording. Many children like to start writing the sounds in their name, but many children would rather learn using the moveable alphabet.


This is why you may not be receiving papers with many pencil written words yet, so parents, please visit our photos to see what your child has been working on.


“The first steps should be the easiest, and the ups and down stroke is, on the contrary, one of the most difficult of all pen movements.” ~Maria Montessori


Other Reasons for Cursive First:


  • There is no need for picking up the pencil, finding the correct spot to begin again or stopping at various points in the letters

  • Words written in cursive show that sounds are connected to make a word. This encourages blending.

  • Because the letters are connected this also helps with left to right directionality for both writing and reading.

  • Spacing of words when writing in cursive is much better versus the run-on letters often found in printed writing of children

  • Within most of the cursive letters, the print letter can be found easily transitioning between cursive writing and reading in print.


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