Writing by Hand: Encourage Children to Take up Cursive Writing

Now that two weeks worth of holidays are behind us, it is time to make the best use of the remainder of the summer vacation. It is hoped that our students’ time has been well spent, and they are thoroughly enjoying themselves in the company of friends and family.

We had previously discussed about ways to protect ourselves from dehydration and heat strokes in the summer, which pose great and sudden danger to the people exposed to the sun when it is hottest and when adequate precautions have not been taken.

We had also talked about the prudency of staying indoors when it is really hot and doing small projects like the family photo album to help children to put their time to good use.

Here’s one more addition to the list - cursive writing.

Encourage your children to take up cursive writing this summer as the benefits are immense.

With the advent of computer-based technology in the field of education, writing in general is slowly being replaced by typing. It may be noted that typing as a skill is important too, but from the point of view of the overall development of the child, writing by hand is priceless.

What is cursive writing and why it is important?

According to Wikipedia, “Cursive, also known as longhand, script, handwriting, looped writing, joined-up writing, joint writing, or running writing is any style of penmanship in which the symbols of the language are written in a conjoined and/or flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster.”

Educational experts and researchers opine that writing by hand with the characters joined, otherwise known as cursive writing, has the following benefits:

      Think and write: Writing cursively by hand using pen and paper gives students the time and space to ponder what they have learnt.
      Less distraction: Improves concentration levels in children who sometimes tend to play games or surf the internet while using a computer.
      Greater satisfaction: As it takes greater effort to pen one’s thought, end result is far superior and more clear. The sense of fulfillment and pride in children is greater when they write a piece of poetry or verse in their own hand.
      Mental alertness: Writing longhand sharpens memory as repeated reading of what we write improves our memory and keeps us mentally alert.
      Clarity of thought: Helps children to learn to use their own ability to organize their thoughts and present the information in a coherent manner instead of relying on pre-defined and standard templates designed by others for the purpose.
      Promoting individuality and creativity: Cursive writing is all about expressing one’s thoughts through writing, and helping children to find their own niche and develop their individuality.

To conclude, there are many screenwriters, journalists, and authors who still write in the traditional way and they also encourage others to do so.

Jhumpa Lahiri, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Indian origin, prefers writing using longhand. The eminent writer says that she feels “freer when she writes by hand,” thus strengthening the case for the use of cursive writing as an important educational and child development tool.