My daughter finished up step 2 of the Peterson Directed Handwriting program and asked to begin cursive. I thought that I would use this post to hash out why I want to teach my dd cursive, but then again why it won’t be a strong focus in our household.
So, why bother teaching cursive?
I have to admit that this was a real struggle for me in the beginning. I barely remember any cursive that I learned in grade school since as soon as they allowed us to choose which way we preferred to write I chose to print. I have always been faster printing and I don’t particularly care for the way that cursive looks.
Not only do I find that printing is faster for me, but there is very little now that I do print. The computer and/or my iPhone is where most of my communication and planning takes place: e-mails, lesson planning, writing the entries for my blog :), and even my grocery shopping list. All electronic. No cursive needed…only good typing skills.
I know that some people say that we need to learn cursive so that we may sign our names to various forms. But, when was the last time you saw someone neatly sign their name in cursive? I think that most people use a cursive/print/made-up-scrawl when signing their names…or at least I do. My mother is the only person that I know who has a very legible cursive signature.
Those are my main points for not emphasizing cursive in my household. However, I do think that teaching cursive can be important in the times that we must be able to read it. Their are still some places where cursive is used (eg. store signs, some restaurant menus) and a bunch of places in the past where you may always find cursive. I envision my dd and I poring over primary documents during history lessons and reading those McGuffey primers together. And, who knows, she may be faster writing in cursive and have to take a bunch of notes on paper (gasp) if the electricity goes out. 😉
Can you add on to any of my reasons why I should or shouldn’t teach cursive? Also, do you have a favorite program that you have used with a young child. I would love to hear other’s thoughts on this subject.