When the signers of the Declaration of Independence put their names literally on the line, Congress President John Hancock boldly wrote his, saying, “There John Bull can read my name without spectacles, he may double his reward and I put him at defiance.”
Over the decades, cursive writing was part of a grade school’s curriculum. But someone decided that it was an unnecessary nicety. And the advent of the keyboard and texting only dug the hole deeper for loop-to-loop handwriting.
Recently some experts have been on a roll claiming that cursive writing had more importance than just looking pretty. In addition to some youngsters being unable to read letters or notices in script, it also resulted in better brain health.
According to Dr. William “the Memory Medic” Klemm, “Cursive can make children more intelligent. Practicing writing by hand helps train the brain to integrate various forms of information at once, including visual and tactile inputs, while applying fine motor skills.”
The Optometry Center For Vision Therapy suggests that for those with dyslexia, “cursive can be a part of the treatment plan to help hand-eye coordination, memory, vision-related difficulties and other brain activities.”
If you have kids, why not try a cursive writing exercise? All you need is some paper and a pen or pencil. Education.com has even provided a Cursive Handwriting Practice Worksheet to help guide you through the process.
And if you don’t have any munchkins around the house, why not take a refresher course on your own handwriting?