“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 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…..