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Dynamically engages both hemispheres of the brain Visual recognition requirements create a broader repertoire of letter representation Source: Blumenfeld Why Teach Cursive First? There are many areas of the world that teach cursive handwriting first. In fact, many of my overseas readers commented on Facebook that European countries still teach cursive first instead of print.
Maria Montessori also believed in teaching cursive handwriting first and many Montessori schools do so to this day.
Here are some reasons why you might consider teaching cursive handwriting first: Print has at least 6 including various shapes and perfect circles i. In print, children often have letters too close together or words spaced too far apart.
Helps left-handed children — This one really surprised me, but makes sense. This is called the hook position. There are some basic prewriting lines that are important for preschoolers to know BEFORE they attempt to print letters. However, most children entering Kindergarten age 5 are already expected to know how to write their names and also form most letters of the alphabet.
Developmentally, this is not always appropriate. Print or manuscript handwriting involves hand-eye coordination as well, however, each letter starts at a new point and a student needs to be able to pick up the pencil and place it at the appropriate starting point of each letter in order to produce legible work that is also spelled correctly.
This is often due to under-developed visual motor skills and visual discrimination. Capital letters are usually easier for a child to learn first since they do not involve as many circle shapes as lower case and also the starting points are typically at the top of the line.
An OTs job is to look at any underlying reasons as to why the child may be struggling with handwriting such as weak core and shoulder strength, un-integrated reflexes from birth, weak fine motor skills, weak visual motor skills, bilateral coordination and crossing midline skills.
These things are also just as important for children learning to use cursive handwriting. The Case for Cursive Handwriting? As you can see from the information above, introducing cursive handwriting earlier than these grades can be hugely beneficial.
Especially if you have a child who is struggling with print handwriting including letter reversals, letter formations, a left-handed writer, or a child who struggles with delays or has a special need of some kind. I would encourage you to try cursive handwriting with them and see if they can pick it up faster and easier than print.Alphabet sets in decorative fonts are perfect for are perfect for phrases, signs, walls, fabric, craft projects, and SO much more.
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