Do your kids know cursive? Our school introduces it in 3rd grade but I don’t think anyone really expects kids to use it. I get it. There’s a lot to learn during the school day, and cursive just isn’t a priority anymore.
I love cursive and I know it’s important. It not only helps with writing speed, but it plays a roll in brain building as well! Honestly though, our after school time is packed and I’m certainly not going to make my kids do tracing worksheets in their free time.
So what’s the solution? I don’t have the answer, but I’m hoping some fun cursive exploration will at least give my sons more experience with it. Here are a few super simple ways to have fun with cursive:
Doodle Cursive: The flowing connected lines in cursive fit right in with the art of doodling. I’ve always been a doodler but last summer after reading a post about Zentangle doodles on Imagination Soup, I introduced it to my kids. For this little project pictured above, I wrote my sons’ names for them on sentence strips and we just doodled around them to make bookmarks. Kids who are proficient in cursive can obviously do their own writing, but since two out of three of my boys don’t know cursive yet, this worked best for us.
A few more ideas…
There’s an app for cursive: Actually a few. We like School Writing and Cursive Writing HD.
Cursive Monsters: This is an oldie. I think I did this in elementary school myself!
Cursive Symmetry: This looks cool for older kids and counts as a math lesson!
Cursive Skeletons: Fun! -Especially around Halloween or when you’re learning about bones.
So, what are your thoughts on cursive?
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