In a world where typing and swiping have replaced penmanship, the art of cursive writing may seem like a relic of the past. After the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 2010, cursive writing and handwriting skills were no longer mandated for students in the U.S. As a result, many schools decided to remove handwriting education from their curriculum altogether. But not so at Fairmont, where students continue to reap the many benefits that cursive writing provides – some of which are discussed in this article.
Boosting Cognitive Function – Studies reveal that when we scribble elegant loops and swirls on paper, our brain works in a unique way. Unlike printing or typing, cursive writing activates brain regions linked to language, thought, and working memory, paving the way for improved reading comprehension, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking skills.
Enhancing Fine Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination – The interconnected and fluid strokes of cursive require precision, control, and coordination – all of which hone fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in ways that are beneficial for various other aspects of daily life.
Encouraging a Sense of Individuality – Cursive writing sets the stage for a vibrant showcase of personality and originality. Each individual’s distinct cursive style is an authentic representation of their essence, capturing their creative spirit and personal flair.
Promoting Patience and Focus – In today’s fast-paced, digital world, cultivating patience and focus has become increasingly important. Cursive writing demands concentration and persistence, as students must carefully form each letter and maintain a steady rhythm.
Connecting to History – From Grandma’s handwritten recipes to historical documents, many meaningful pieces of writing are in cursive. If a child doesn’t learn how to write it, chances are they won’t be able to read it and they will miss out on the richness of the past.
In a world that so often prioritizes digital communication, Fairmont’s commitment to teaching cursive writing is a refreshing reminder of the power of the pen. By incorporating cursive into the curriculum, we empower students with cognitive benefits, encourage individual expression, and provide an opportunity to connect with history. The value of cursive writing endures, ensuring that this art form will continue to enrich lives for years to come.