Wednesday, April 09, 2014

H is for Handwriting

This month I'm participating in the A to Z Challenge. My theme is indulgences. Today's letter is:


Today I'm talking about something I love but rarely, rarely do anymore: handwriting.

Is there anything more beautiful than the sight of a page full of beautiful cursive?


In school, I always had handwriting envy. I'd see someone with really cool script and want to copy it. Now I hear they're taking cursive out of school. The kids will be missing so much fun.


Do you think cursive is an important thing for children to learn? Should it be taught along with other subjects?

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25 comments:

  1. Absolutely! We need this to come back as it helps with knowing the words, understanding them better and you develop your own style. That is my belief anyway. I didn't even realize they took this out of school until recently and what a shame

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  2. Oh god, good question! I'm not sure. On one hand, it's really not at all useful anymore, but on the other, why does everything kids learn have to be ONLY useful? Can't it also be fun, beautiful, artistic, etc? I have awful handwriting myself, so I've always envied people's beautiful script!

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  3. I agree! I find it fun to write longhand. One of my secret "indulgences" is to switch to handwriting-type font when I'm writing fiction. It engages a different part of my brain than my freelance writing!

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  4. Ah, here's a hot topic for home schoolers. This is a debate we have all the time, but I advocate cursive for one very important reason: fine motor skills enhance mental development. On top of that, it's a form of art, and we all know the benefits of kids being involved in the arts. Anyhow, that's my take.

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  5. My daughter is in 3rd grade and their teacher makes them take their spelling tests in cursive writing, which I think is a great idea :)

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  6. I just love cursive handwriting and ya,my handwriting did manage to be the envy of others and Caligraphy and Word Art are among my many hobbies! :P
    I always get to write stuff on the Notice Boards,Charts etc. I hope kids get to learn the stuff.Atleast 1 out of many kids,may start loving it..! :D

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  7. I think children should learn good handwriting skills and I speak/write as someone who has pretty dreadful handwriting. Strangely enough I like using a fountain pen, although sadly it doesn't help my handwriting.
    http://olivegroveview.blogspot.gr/

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  8. How will authors sign their novels in the future without learning cursive?

    Food for thought! Of course, paper books may not exist so they're going to need a good app for us authors to use--but typing our personal message in the front of people's books just isn't the same somehow...

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  9. Good topic.Writing beautifully is wonderful.Nice.

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  10. Yes, future generations would miss out on beautiful writing. Probably everyone would walk around with tablets etc and type in.

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  11. Cursive is alive and well in my 5th grade classroom. Being able to read it is just as important as being able to write it. BTW - loved your comment re: Meg Cabot. I saw her speak once - LOVE her - LOVE her books.

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  12. If they don't teach it when my son goes to school then I plan to teach him myself. I work at a bank and you'd be amazed at the # of teens who come through and don't know how to sign their signature. It's kind of sad!

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  13. That was a great bit of info my friend. Its the little things that slip by us day to day, now isn't it... By the way i have horrible hand writing, So thank goodness for keypads. Have a great day.

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  14. I was blessed with good handwriting and actually earned money at one time addressing invitations. I remember reading a book when I was growing up about Clara Barton. She valued her good handwriting as one of her best skills.

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  15. I definitely think it's important to learn. What if they end up somewhere that doesn't have computers all over the place? What if their computer dies? I think everyone should be able to write in cursive.

    I'm a journalist and I still use handwritten notes for my interviewing. I had a tape recorder die on me once and have never looked back. Writing is a lot faster than printing.

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  16. I tink we need to spend more time with pen and paper and less time on electronics. Our kids are missing out on the basics.

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  17. Oh, I definitely do! I cannot imagine life without cursive. I'm thinking it's just taking us one step further away from hand written notes. Well, sure glad I know it and use it regularly. Blessings!

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  18. It appears that I am in the minority on this one. Yes, I am old enough to have learned cursive in school. I hated it! My middle school english teacher was the only one who ever forced us to use it. For the rest of my school years and at work; I print--everything. In some ways that makes sense because I went on to do mechanical drafting for a living. As for fine motor skills, I gain those from drawing and cross stitching. I would rather the schools spend time teaching music and PE than cursive.

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  19. I wish cursive were alive in elementary school where I am. I teach middle school and only a few students know it. I love writing out by hand, even though I don't do it a lot anymore.

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  20. I had no idea schools stopped teaching children cursive. It concerns me that a generation is growing up that won't be able to do read the actual words written in family heirlooms or historic documents.

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  21. I remember learning cursive in school, practicing for hours making the perfect "O" but I realize now it was to get coordination and probably muscles in our hands and fingers. I used to have good handwriting, now I scribble, LOL, preferring the keyboard over the pen. I think its a lost art and I wish they really would continue to teach it in schools.

    betty

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  22. YES, YES, YES.

    Whilst working in a school I really had to brush up on my hand writing as I hadn't realised how sloppy my penmanship had become.

    I love receiving so-called snailmail as whilst email, text messages etc are fast its so nice to receive a personal letter.

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  23. I'm with Liz. Not everything should just be about being "useful".

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  24. I think it's sad that handwriting is disappearing. There is something so special about seeing my grandparents' handwriting on old letters or a friend's handwriting on a recipe she's shared. Having said that, I must admit that I have the worst handwriting ever!

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  25. I love a handwritten letter. Since I keep a diary, of course it is written by hand.

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