Research shows that learning to write in cursive offers brain benefits to kids that they don't get from printing letters or keyboarding. An article from Psychology Today states that learning to write in cursive is an important tool for cognitive development. Specifically, cursive writing trains the brain to learn functional specialization, which is the capacity for optimal efficiency. When a child learns to read and write in cursive through consistent practice and repetition, he or she must effectively integrate fine motor skills with visual and tactile processing abilities. This multi-sensory experience supports cognitive function and development.
Handwriting in Cursive and Dyslexia
Even more exciting is the belief that learning to write in cursive can help ease symptoms of dyslexia. Since new research shows that dyslexia is caused by a functional disconnection in communication between the auditory and language centers of the brain, it stands to reason that learning to write in cursive can improve these communication deficits. An article from PBS.org states that when the tactile experience of using our hands is involved, there is a stronger association for learning and memory.
Cursive Writing in Schools
Unfortunately, many school districts are no longer teaching kids to write in cursive. In those that do, lessons are abbreviated to make room for new standards. If your child needs more practice with handwriting, consider visiting these websites that offer free printable worksheets for practice:
Find cursive alphabet worksheets for individual letter practice at K5learning.com.
Find short educational lessons written in cursive for reading and writing practice at Printablecursive.com.
Help for Handwriting Proficiency
If your child is struggling with reading or with the fine motor skills needed for handwriting proficiency, we invite you to consider The Brain Balance Program.