Is Cursive Handwriting Important?

“Cursive is any style of penmanship in which some characters are written joined together in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster, in contrast to block letters. Formal cursive is generally joined, but casual cursive is a combination of joins and pen lifts. Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia, cursive writing was developed to accommodate the quill. The quill would not need to leave the paper and could continue to write until finished.

What’s The Point?

As time went by, many of the people I know only write in block letters. Many don’t even know how to read cursive anymore! Some even find it a waste of time to write cursive. So, why teach it in school?

Here are some benefits to learning cursive writing (WeAreTeachers.com):

  • Brain Development (stimulates brain synapses and uses both sides of the brain)
  • Mental Engagement (greater retention and deeper learning)
  • Kinaesthetic Benefits (strengthens fine motor skills and better hand-eye coordination)

As a mother and Early Childhood Educator, these are the very reasons that I emphasize the practice of cursive handwriting.

During this pandemic, I have seen more and more adults practicing calligraphy too!

Calligraphy

“Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad-tipped instrument, brush, or other writing instrument. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner”. Wikipedia

I would love to try this art someday with genuine calligraphy materials. But for now, I am only using markings and pens to design some…..

Do you still write in cursive?

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51 thoughts on “Is Cursive Handwriting Important?

  1. A bit of a sore point for me. I started learning this type of writing aged 8 and was led to believe by our teacher we were very lucky and advanced to be learning this. I then moved to a private girls’ school with higher standards to find everyone at the school had been doing this writing since age 5. I felt mocked for my poor attempts and had a big loss of confidence in myself and my abilities in all areas of my schoolwork. I’d gone from top of the class to bottom overnight and it was a big shock.

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  2. I write mostly in cursive, but find myself doing both. I think it’s important for everyone to know how to write in cursive because you’ll eventually have to sign your name to something. 🙂

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  3. I don’t know why schools are moving away from doing cursive. I would think it helps with hand eye coordination and it’s more artistic.

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  4. I love writing in cursive, just feels and looks fancy. Now, can people read my cursive is the question.😂 I tried calligraphy, but I’m left handed and it smeared all over the place. One day I’ll master it.

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  5. Very insightful

    Yes cursive writing is not one a like every one has their own ink DNA just like finger print or foot print left in the sands of time.

    There is nothing like in my view than writing some are more technical whereas others like me write from Life experiences and their expressionism.

    I use to think it was needed to water down things for the sake emotional responses to acceptance but it wasn’t the same so I evolved to remain authentic and in my deliverance.

    I will not apologise for Raw Nature in my words or in the Venom I lace in them somethings cannot be simplified to be primitive and complacent.

    Slainte

    Alex

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      1. Always

        Trying to be something your not is why so many struggle with the Hero Complex.

        I know exactly what I am and don’t denied it through and through I am the Villain and will never accept all aspects of me unlike the Hero I know I am Raw and Real.

        I am not without flaws in fact have many no matter what will always be seen as the Venom in Someone’s Story no matter how genuine my intent is.

        I am okay with that

        In the words of the very misunderstood yet cerebral individual ” I am not a Monster just ahead of the Curve ” Joker

        Alex

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  6. Funny, I was born in 1964 so of course I grew up writing in cursive. Then in 1985 I joined the police force, and everything we wrote had to be in block letters. After hundreds of police reports when I’d go to write a check or something, it was HARD to write in cursive!

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