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Cursive Handwriting

 

WHY DO WE TEACH CURSIVE HANDWRITING?

It is important for children to learn to write using cursive letters from an early age. By cursive we mean that all letters have a tail leading into the letter, this also offers the children consistency with knowing where to  start a letter- they always start on the line.

Writing becomes a ‘habit’, in other words we do not have to think about how to form each letter as we are writing. To teach children to print and then change to joined writing is teaching them two different styles of writing and the first style will have become a ‘habit’ and everyone knows how hard it is to break a habit.

The other important aspect is that using joined letters help children to develop muscle memory. Muscle memory allows an action to be automatic and mechanical - it does not require active thinking. Research shows that if children have to think about how to write a letter, his or her ability to spell or write an answer is hindered. When proper handwriting becomes a muscle memory, children are free to devote all active thinking to the ideas that he or she is trying to express. Forming the letters requires no thought; it just "happens."

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

When writing with your children always write using lowercase letters rather than capitals, if possible using tails going into each letter. Colouring pictures also helps to develop pencil control. Children finding pencil control more challenging will often benefit from strengthening their shoulder girdle by playing games such as wheelbarrow races, climbing on monkey bars and crawling. Please see your childs teacher if you would like to know more. Older children can also practice punctuation marks.

Ensure your child has access to sharp pencils, pens that work as well as a variety of paper and notebooks.

Please find below a set of instructions that we say as we teach each letter. You will notice that the letters come in groups and we teach each group to help children develop fluent pencil movements forming clear letters.