WHY DO WE TEACH CURSIVE HANDWRITING?
It is important for children to learn to write using cursive letters from an early age. By cursive we mean that all letters have a tail leading into the letter, this also offers the children consistency with knowing where to start a letter- they always start on the line.
Writing becomes a ‘habit’, in other words we do not have to think about how to form each letter as we are writing. To teach children to print and then change to joined writing is teaching them two different styles of writing and the first style will have become a ‘habit’ and everyone knows how hard it is to break a habit.
The other important aspect is that using joined letters help children to develop muscle memory. Muscle memory allows an action to be automatic and mechanical - it does not require active thinking. Research shows that if children have to think about how to write a letter, his or her ability to spell or write an answer is hindered. When proper handwriting becomes a muscle memory, children are free to devote all active thinking to the ideas that he or she is trying to express. Forming the letters requires no thought; it just "happens."
Please find below a set of instructions that we say as we teach each letter. You will notice that the letters come in groups and we teach each group to help children develop fluent pencil movements forming clear letters.