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.
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!