Cursive Writing Pros and Cons with Free Printable


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Cursive writing is an art of long ago – or is it? When my older son began learning how to write – we were using the Explode the Code curriculum. While the phonics was extremely easy for him to pick up, the writing was horrendous for him. For a time, he didn’t want to write anywhere. I then learned that cursive is easier to learn because of the flowing movements. So, I decided to teach him. Within just a few months, he was more confident with his writing. He began writing – in print – more and more. Now, he has no problems.

For us, cursive was an integral part to his literacy success. I am so grateful that my heart was open to an idea – that many others reject. Now, I teach all of my kids cursive first.

You can read more about why we opted for Cursive First.

Pros and cons of cursive - Educents Blog


The Argument to Teach Cursive

Some parents and educators want cursive handwriting to be included in students’ lessons. Here’s what they said about that:

  • How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don’t learn to read and write in cursive? -Sara J.
  • I don’t think it has been taught in our school for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Cursive writing will become a lost art in America. I think it should still be taught. -Claudia A.
  • Yes! It’s part of my children’s 2nd grade homeschool curriculum. They just started doing it, and they are so excited about it. 🙂 -Angela M.


Cursive - Educents Blog

Download FREE cursive handwriting worksheets on Educents!


The Argument Not to Teach Cursive

Some say cursive is no longer an essential lesson to teach kids, here’s their reasonings for that:

  • No, it’s not relevant anymore. Learn typing instead. -Robert C.
  • Honestly, it’s no longer important. Teach them to sign their name; then teach them to convey their thoughts, and be persuasive, via oral and written communications. Why would we want to spend valuable school time, beyond a day or two, teaching someone to sign their name in cursive? Why don’t we spend time teaching calculations via abacus or slide rules? -Gary F.
  • I can read Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Bible among other things all without ever needing cursive. Just don’t get the hype. -Mike E.


Handwriting Resources for Kids

Are you an educator or parent who wants to spend time teaching your kids how to write in cursive? If so, these resources from Educents will make it a lot more easy and FUN to learn cursive. Super Cursive Freebie - Educents Blog


Web Learning Resources for Kids

Online learning is becoming even more important for the next generations. Educents also has affordable resources that helps children develop their typing and coding skills.
Writing Programs - Educents Blog

  • Learn to Mod with Minecraft – Did you know kids can learn how to code by modifying (or “modding”) Minecraft®? Kids learn how to code in Java® and apply it to Minecraft® themed problems!
  • The WriteWell App – A simple and intuitive web-based tool that makes writing fun and effective. With its unique visual and tactile interface and library of interactive essay templates, WriteWell is a convenient tool for teachers and students at home or in the classroom.
  • Handwriting Worksheet Wizard – StartWrite helps teachers, homeschoolers, and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily. This program saves hours in lesson preparation time, yet allows you to easily create fun, meaningful worksheet to teach handwriting.


What do you think?

Do you think kids should learn cursive?


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  1. right now AJ is still young so we don’t need it yet. I would love for him to learn cursive when he’s older, but hope his OT issues resolve first so he can learn correctly. Not learning cursive is like saying, since we have computer and tablets, we no longer need to real books. Doesn’t make sense.
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  2. I so agree. I am so glad that my daughter learned cursive at school. 😉
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  3. Our five boys all have learned, or ar learning, cursive. We see the value in the simple elegance of being able to write kegibly and each boy has their own default mode: print (manuscript) or cursive.
    The core of this argument in my home if the fine motor language tuning that happens when you focus on handwriting. Fine motor skills are so important! oUr fourth son, who is 12, has the fine motor skills of an elephant. He has always had delayed fine motor skills. In our homeschool, this shows up the most in handwriting. This year is our crack down year. I am teaching him to knit, having him do excercises, and making him practice, practice, practice his penmanship. I liken mastering penmanship to mastering yiur math facts… You may not become a mathematician, but yiu always need to know your basic math facts.

    No, my sons may not handle the original of the Declaration of Independence, but they will write legibly and even beautifully. In this go, go, go world I believe it is important to slow down and focus on the basics.
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