The Case for Cursive

Over the past decade or so, there has been a shift in the importance of teaching and implementing of cursive or handwriting in schools. With the increased use of technology in the classroom and everyday life, what is the point of teaching students to write using pen to paper?

Local calligrapher and cursive educator, Moki Kokoris of True North Graphics says “Handwriting is a very personal act – as unique as each person’s fingerprint. It is far more than a form of communication.” She continues on, “Research shows that cursive handwriting brings cognitive benefits, teaches patience, develops better focus, improves memory, and facilitates better learning across all fields of study. Mindful forming of longhand letters also activates creative thinking, proving that penmanship is as indispensable a skill today as it was before the era of the keyboard.”

After handwriting was shelved with the Common Core Standards in 2013, we got to see firsthand the implications of lack of handwriting lessons. Student signatures became printed block letters, when given a historical document to read, some students were unable to decipher the words, and handwriting became a slower, more difficult practice for some students.

As recently as 2017, many schools have started to add cursive back into their elementary curriculum and are seeing positive results and enthusiastic students.

At Sunflower Studio, we saw the need for improving handwriting and we will be offering a calligraphy class for ages 10+ so we can all brush up on our handwriting skills. Contact us at 203.491.7927 or for additional information.

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Adrianne Roberts is the Director of Wonder at Sunflower Studio, a whimsical and creative education space for ages 3-adult. Specializing in student-centric private tutoring and outstanding drop-off, project-based classes, for both homeschool and after school students.

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