In a lot of schools, including ours, cursive handwriting is being dropped from the curriculum. At first I was apathetic and didn’t really care because I barely write in cursive anymore. I thought “Well, everything is going to be typed on computers anyways.”. Then I changed my mind when my boys couldn’t read a card my Grandmother had written to me. I do want my boys to be able to read cursive handwriting so I researched 5 fun ways to teach cursive handwriting at home.
I read this article on the Time Magazines website of how a school district removed cursive from the curriculum but a few years later high school teachers were writing notes and homework assignments in cursive and the students could not read it. If the states remove cursive handwriting from being taught in school then they must require that all teachers only write in print. This whole circle of if they don’t teach it then they can’t write it starts to seem completely ridiculous. I am going to make sure my kids never have this problem so I am going to teach cursive to my boys this summer.
Researching the options of cursive curriculum online gets overwhelming. Who knew there were so many options to teach and learn it? Now, I am not sure which way to go. My kids love their iPads so I could purchase an app and they could use their stylus on the iPad, they would probably be more willing to try to learn with this method. However, I know that I learn better when I actually put pencil to paper. So I am leaning towards going ‘old school’.
Here are some the options I have researched.
- Ready-Set-Learn: Cursive Writing Practice Grd 2-3 – this is the best seller on Amazon. It has some great reviews. Looks like it is a small workbook so I am concerned it may not offer enough practice.
- Handwriting Without Tears – Cursive Handwriting – our pre-school used this Handwriting Without Tears curriculum to teach the boys to write their letters so this may be a familiar to style for the boys.
- Cursive Writing Practice: Jokes & Riddles – if I am going to make them practice this may be a good option. Why not make it as fun as possible?
- Cursive Writing – Horizon Business, Inc – a free app
- Zaner – Bloser Handwriting – Zaner – Bloser, Inc $1.99
Has anyone used any of these? I would love opinions or reviews of cursive curriculum.