Pin the pen on the paper and write without a lift. Confused? Well, this is the description of Cursive Writing. Once you start writing, you need not pull up the pen until you finish. Joined letter, bit tilted, and extremely beautiful…this is cursive writing which is taught to the toddlers for brain development, hand-muscle functioning and of course for a balance which Cursive handwriting gives.
However, some schools have eliminated this form of handwriting from their syllabus but most of them still have. Parents do need to understand a few things about cursive handwriting and why should it be taught to their kiddos-
1- Two types of Cursive- Cursive handwriting is of two types. One where you do not lift the pen at all and join all the letters together. Another is partial Cursive; this is when you do join the words but lift up the pen for example letters following the letter-B. “I have seen this teaching pattern best in, Handwriting class in Ghaziabad”, Niharika, a primary teacher says. According to Niharika, Handwriting classes in Indirapuram have a versatility which is much needed for our kids.
2-Since the beginning- Agree or don’t agree, cursive is a MUST for kids. If they are taught print words first and then cursive, it will be like learning two entirely different ways. So, for your kids’ comfort, let the school teach them cursive, do not interrupt in this. Because now or later, children anyway have to learn cursive.
3-Many schools do not opt to teach cursive letter-wise, they teach group-wise like- a,c,e,o, this is because of the correct formation of writing as these words are based on the anti-clock circle. Do not worry if you see your child practicing the same, he is not doing wrong.
4-Whenever children start to study. It is expected that they should learn the alphabets in lower and upper case and also digits from 0-9 in the first year. By the second year, they need to learn to join the letters. In the 3rd year, they should focus on practicing in joining the letters and in writing consistency. They should also focus on the quality of handwriting as well.
5- Cursive Handwriting increases the speed of writing along with beautiful style and better writing quality. It is good for children to write quickly. We mean that, as they think, or as creativity comes to their mind, they should immediately write down. This could be possible if their writing speed is good, which comes from practicing Cursive Writing. It also helps to develop muscle memory with the movement of every word. Great, isn’t it! Kids can also opt for calligraphy classes along with handwriting improvement classes.
6- Parents, you need to note that appropriate posture is important for your kid. Both the legs flat on the floor, back straight and their head should not be lying on the table. Postures do play an important role.
7- Let the kid first practice to write with chalk and blackboard before they get addicted to paper and pencil. It has a reason. Blackboard has a rough surface and when the child writes it makes a vibration or sensation. This sensation goes to the brain and the child tends to think fast and remembers the movement of the word.
8-Do different activities and play with words. Don’t just let them write on paper, let them imaginary write on-air, on sand, chalks, or just try them to write with their fingers on their back. If you have a shaving foam, ask your kid to pour it in the tray and make letters in it with their fingers.
9-It is seen that boys learn a little slower as compared to the girls. They master cursive writing slowly. Same happens with the left-handers. They face trouble pushing the pencil on the paper. For left-handers, you may provide a writing slope. It helps them to speed up and write nicer. For boys, just wait patiently.
10- Sit with your child regularly. Ask them how cursive is taught in the school. Are their any strokes like entry or exit. The method of teaching cursive may vary from schools to schools. Consult the child’s teacher for their way and help to teach your kid in the same way at home, so he doesn’t get confused. If you want you may let your little munchkin to join Handwriting Classes for kids at various places in Delhi. Cursive handwriting classes in Ghaziabad may be your answer.
Remember, your child is not a grown-up. It will take time to improve. Be patient and give him full time to learn, practice and to be consistence.