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8 Reasons Why Cursive Writing Is Important

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Cursive writing is an art. Developing an impressive cursive handwriting style not only has great aesthetic value, but it also has various physical, mental, social, and practical benefits. 

  1. Improves neural connections

Cursive writing stimulates the brain in a way that enhances the dynamic interplay of the right and left cerebral hemispheres, increases mental effectiveness, and helps build neural pathways.

According to Professor Virginia Berninger from the University of Washington, “pictures of brain activity have illustrated that sequential finger movements used in handwriting, activated massive regions of the brain involved in thinking, language, and working memory. Handwriting differs from typing because it requires executing sequential finger strokes to form a letter, whereas keyboarding only involves touching a key.”

2. It increases writing speed.

Compared to the stop and start strokes of printing, the connectivity of cursive writing is faster. It realized that speed increases attention span during writing. Which then affects continuity and fluidity, therefore encouraging more significant amounts of writing.

3. It improves fine motor skills. 

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Cursive handwriting typically promotes sensory abilities. 

Through repetition, the children will understand how much force needs to be applied as well as the pencil’s positioning to paper at the correct angle, and motor planning to form each letter from left to right. This physical and spatial awareness builds the neural foundation of sensory skills needed for many everyday tasks such as picking up objects, buttoning, fastening, tying shoes, copying from blackboards, and reading. (Cutting Cursive, The Real Cost. Candace Meyer, CEO, Minds-in-Motion, Inc.)

4. Increases retention. 

Students can better process information and reframe it when they take down notes by hand instead of on a computer. This, therefore, leads to better understanding and retention of information. 

5. Ease in learning. 

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With frequent stop-and-start motion when forming letters it makes printing more complicated than cursive. Some printed letters like b and d look similar and easily reversed, leaving children confused. Cursive handwriting is useful for children with learning challenges such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and difficulties with attention.

6. Clarity and spelling ability. 

A requirement in cursive writing is for children to write from left to right by doing that, the letters will join continuity and with appropriate spacing, making it easier to read. It also assists with spelling through muscle memory, as the hand acquires memory of spelling patterns through fluid movements used repeatedly.

7. Self-discipline.

The complexity of cursive handwriting comes from its association with the development of fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Learning the cursive style encourages children also to develop life skills such as self-discipline.

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8. Signature. 

Cursive handwriting will improve the attractiveness, clarity, and versatility of one’s signature.

Many little things separate decent penmanship from great penmanship, and with a bit of practice, you can improve your handwriting. 

Choose a style. Writers with good penmanship may choose a career in hand lettering and typography design.

Calligraphers practice the ancient art form where letters form are treated with care and respect as painted images.

Cursive handwriting where uppercase and lowercase letters flow together is so beautiful. 

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Modern calligraphy tends to rely on fountain pens, yet ballpoint pens are more economical and excellent for doodles and jotted notes, but tend to be insufficient for beautiful lettering.

Handwriting is essential, therefore the ability to master the skill of writing clearly and flexibly improves confidence to communicate freely with the written word.

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