I’ve been thinking and writing a lot lately about handwriting. It was all brought on by a conversation with a friend who’s spouse was in the teaching field. I had just learned that the local schools here had decided to stop teaching cursive. I wondered why they would do that. What about signatures?
Is technology so in the fore front of our minds that it’s no longer important to teach cursive, and what about handwriting as a class too?
So I started to do some research. The more I thought, read and wrote on the topic the more I was convinced that it really is important. I found about 10 Main Reasons to Keep Teaching Handwriting.
We like using Handwriting Without Tears. I highly recommend it. I have not always used it but my older children were very gifted in writing and so a slanted cursive, and writing in general, was never a major challenge for them. In fact, they loved it. But my youngest child being more gifted in science and math really didn’t like having to focus on a slanted approach to cursive. I found Handwriting Without Tears and have used it ever since. I wish I had begun with it.
We really like the vertical approach and it seems to be much easier to simply practice writing and then move on to the many other subjects in our homeschool program. It only requires us about 10 -15 min. each day. If your interested in Handwriting Without Tears and want to know more about it please read my full review HERE.