I love cursive handwriting. Orang dulu-dulu have such nice and delicate handwriting, right? Unlike today’s generation – coz we are so used to typing. That’s why I’d like my kiddos to practice their penmanship by learning to write cursive. After all, this is a good hand-eye exercise for them (sampai mulut pun ikut senget when writing). If we want our kids to be readers, they must be writers as well. Writing IS reading.
Why cursive? Well, why not? Of course there are pros and cons to teaching kids cursive. In today’s day and age, anybody can get by without nice or legible handwriting since typing is all it takes to express oneself. But, personally I want my kids to practice good penmanship no matter how advanced we become technologically.
It’s not the end that matters, but the PROCESS of learning which includes:
- sharpening their fine motor skills (from wikipedia:coordination of small muscle movements which occur e.g., in the fingers, usually in coordination with the eyes. In application to motor skills of hands (and fingers) the term dexterity is commonly used.)
- paying attention to details
- developing artistic skills
- being patient (doing it over and over again)
- instilling passion for writing AND reading
- and enjoying our time together as a family
- oh one more, cursives help improve their jawi/arabic handwriting and vice versa.
Where to start? Loads for online worksheets available. Just type ‘cursive worksheets for kids’ and va va voom! You’ll get it. I compiled them and make a booklet for mis estudiantes.
10-15 minutes a day is enough – I treat cursive session as ‘a commercial break’ during their homeschool lessons.
Go ahead and give this a try!