Why Teach Cursive Handwriting?

I have had a number of requests to create a cursive handwriting workbook – this has been on my list for such a long time. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have finally completed this. I can be a horrible perfectionist and those guided lines nearly drove me crazy – I had to redo them a number of times before I was satisfied. However, now that this baby has been launched, I am glad that I saw the process through.
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This Cursive Handwriting Practice Workbook was created for both second and third graders. I hope it proves to be both challenging and fun for your students as they practice reading, tracing, and writing in a progressive manner, as well as learning some unusual country and animal names! 

This workbook would also be suitable for fourth and fifth graders who may require further practice. I have only included Dolch second and third grade sight words, mainly because the resource would otherwise become quite large and therefore more expensive. However, if you wish to purchase with fourth and fifth grade Dolch sight words, please contact me at [email protected] and I will add these to the document for you, without any increase in the purchase price.

The structure of the main workbook comprises 4 practice pages for each letter of the alphabet. These pages can be printed ‘back to back’ and stapled together to make a complete workbook. The workbook can be finished off with the workbook cover on Page 4. 
Please note, I have added a second set of pages for the letter X, should you wish to use more familiar words ending in X.

You will find a useful ‘Contents’ page which informs you of which pages to print depending on what you wish your students to practice. I have included a range of add-ons – these can either be practiced separately or included in the workbook. Please note: I have added some nouns for formatting purposes.

So, why teach Cursive Handwriting?

Image of cursive handwriting on notepaper, with text "why teach cursive handwriting"

My last post focused on the importance of teaching handwriting – you can read the post {here}. I wanted to follow that up with a little information about cursive handwriting, as it is this knowledge which prompted my original plan to create the duo of workbooks – the print manuscript and cursive

To summarize my last post: Advances in technology have made the process of writing more convenient for many. However, evidence is mounting that putting pen to paper has benefits that typing just cannot replace. Researchers have found that writing by hand has led to improvements in language skills, memory and critical thinking. 

According to the neurologist William Klemm, in an article written for Psychology Today, the neurological benefits of writing by hand are compounded when writing in a cursive hand. “Cursive writing, compared to printing, is even more beneficial because the movement tasks are more demanding, the letters are less stereotypical, and the visual recognition requirements create a broader repertoire of letter representation.” 

Furthermore, the researcher Diane Montgomery, in her article “The Contribution of Handwriting and Spelling Remediation to Overcoming Dyslexia’, noted that the connected letters and fluid motion of cursive handwriting are especially beneficial to students with disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Other reading experts are in agreement it seems. According to an article in the Washington Parent, "the connections between letters required in cursive writing may reduce letter reversals." 

Cursive handwriting also has the added benefit of being extremely artistic and highly personal – the process of acquiring an expressive and unique cursive hand is an important step in developing individual personalities. It should therefore be a requirement for educators to utilize tools that encourage students to develop their own style and voice in a confident manner.
So, I hope I have persuaded you that teaching cursive handwriting should feature in our yearly plans -regardless of what may or may not have been said by those at CCSS Towers!
I am adding a little video here, so you can see exactly what this resource includes - I hope you find it beneficial.  

You may also be interested in the following handwriting resources:

And last, but not least, the winner of the rafflecopter giveaway - many congratulations, Elizabeth! An email with an attached handwriting resource is winging its way through the ether as I type!  Thanks to everyone who took part!

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