Most parents are aware that for various reasons many schools have dropped learning cursive handwriting from the student curriculum. In this digital age is it worth continuing the tradition of cursive handwriting? I’m sure there are many differing opinions. One simple reason that students may want to learn cursive is that studies show writing notes by hand aids in learning more so than does taking notes with a tablet or computer. Cursive writing enables you to take notes much more quickly than printing does. WickiHow adds this incentive: “In a recent study, The College Board found that, for the essay part of the SAT, the students who wrote in cursive scored slightly higher than those who used print. They attribute it to the speed and efficiency of cursive that allows for greater focus on the content of the tests.” With school vacations on the horizon, now would be a good time to plan on making learning cursive a fun summer project for your kids.
One motivation for learning cursive or just improving your handwriting skills in general is using a fountain pen. This old school writing instrument writes with a very light touch, and the reduced pressure results in less writing fatigue. Plus the variety of colorful inks out there can make your hand writing look better than ever! For introducing a child to fountain pens, I would recommend a pen with a grip that helps with proper finger placement and also a nib that is easy to write with such as a medium, A, or left-handed nib. Pelikano fountain pens have been used by students for decades and they are a great fountain pen to get started with. The Pelikano comes in two versions: the Pelikano Junior for the very young student and the Pelikano for any age of student (or adult for that matter). Both of these pens come in several choices of color and nib size and have carefully designed grips that show you how to hold the pen. Don’t forget to get some extra Pelikan ink cartridges to refill your fountain pens! To browse through a variety of starter fountain pens including the Pelikano, take a look at the Beginner Fountain Pens at Writer’s Bloc.
French ruled paper is another aid to learning cursive handwriting or to improve your hand writing. It has an 8mm x 8mm grid, with additional lighter horizontal lines spaced 2mm apart inside the grid. These lines can be used as writing guides to keep your upper and lower case cursive letters a consistent size. Even though French ruled paper is difficult to find in the United States, this paper is routinely used by students in France as well as in other countries. Clairefontaine has a pretty good selection of this paper and you can order French ruled paper online at Writer’s Bloc. To find out more about French rule paper, take a look at our blog post: What is French Ruled Paper? Here are a couple of examples of practicing calligraphy and French cursive hand writing on French rule paper:
Another good resource can be the internet. If you do a search for “cursive writing” (or something similar), you’ll find many websites and tools to help children and adults to learn cursive hand writing. Many websites have practice pages that can be printed out for students of all ages. A few years ago I wanted to learn French cursive writing and found the following guide to be very useful:
Learning cursive handwriting is something that requires patience and practice, but it can pay off with better grades in school! Isn’t that worth the effort?by