Why My Daughter is Learning Cursive

Over the past year or so, to teach or not to teach cursive handwriting has been a major topic among elementary educators.

When I first heard of this debate, I actually could not believe that this was even a discussion.

I mean, why wouldn't you learn cursive? But then I began to really think about this question.

I remember when I learned how to write in cursive in 2nd grade. I LOVED learning how to write in cursive! I still remember how "grown up" I felt when I could finally do it!

And I can't help but to think of the valuable skill that came along with learning to write in cursive: the ability to READ cursive.

writing cursive at home

I could finally read what my mother was writing and what the handwritten notes in my birthday cards from my grandmother said!

But I must say that I can understand why cursive is not a necessity in today's world of education, and how the time could be better spent developing typing and computer skills.

But this post isn't meant to be an informative post about why you should or shouldn't teach your child cursive: It's about WHY I'm teaching my daughter cursive.

And the answer is quite simple:

I'm teaching my daughter cursive because she wants to learn cursive.

My daughter came to me last week and said that she wanted to learn how to write in cursive, so I started teaching her.

In the few years that I have been teaching my children, I have found that the right time to teach them something is when they truly WANT to learn it.

(This is why I think it is best to wait until a child is ready to learn how to read and should not be pressured into reading before they are ready, but that's another post 🙂 )

Learning happens best when a child (or anyone) is truly interested in knowing something. If children are allowed to learn in this manner, I have found that it truly keeps the love of learning alive.

When I asked my 6 year old daughter why she wants to learn how to write in cursive, her answer was "because it looks pretty."

So she is learning cursive right now because it's what she wants to do, and she is learning it well and loving it too!

 

4 thoughts on “Why My Daughter is Learning Cursive

  1. My daughter is in first grade and still working on making print letters well, but she too likes to try her hand at cursive. I think her reasons would be the same: it looks pretty and it makes her feel grown up. Some of the letters are even easier to make in cursive because of how the lines flow! And I agree, so much easier to teach when the WANT to learn something.

    • Thanks for commenting, Abi. I think most little girls are drawn to cursive because it does look pretty. And it’s amazing how simplistic their reasons are sometimes for wanting to learn something, isn’t it? 🙂

  2. I think it’s great you are teaching her cursive. Whether it is relevant in our society or not right now, I think it is important. I still write in cursive today and love writing hand written letters to friends( when I get a chance;) There is something so personal about it. I think you can tell a lot about a person by their signature. I also agree about teaching your children when they want to learn. It makes such a huge difference!!

    • I think cursive seems so much more personal too. And it has taken me some time, but I am really beginning to see what a difference it makes to teach children WHEN they are ready and WANT to learn something!

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