Is learning cursive handwriting good for kids’ brains?

The child that practices of cursive writing, see a value in kids mastering those curlicues and flourishes beyond them forging a Declaration of Independence-worthy signature.

California occupational therapist Suzanne Baruch Asherson says, that cursive is good for children’s developing brains: “Putting pen to paper stimulates the brain like nothing else, even in this age of e-mails, texts, and tweets. In fact, learning to write in cursive is shown to improve brain development in the areas of thinking, language, and working memory. Cursive handwriting stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, something absent from printing and typing.”

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Texas A&M neuroscience professor William Klemm similarly decried the downfall of cursive education.

Brain studies on younger children suggest that cursive simultaneously stokes the brain’s visual, tactile and fine motor circuits and helps optimize how efficiency they work. The sometimes painstaking process of learning cursive, by that logic, is healthy for kids over the long-term, regardless of how often people encounter situations that demand classy penmanship.

Further Reading on: Is learning cursive handwriting good for kids’ brains?–HowStuffWorks.

Is learning cursive handwriting good for kids’ brains?

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6 thoughts

  1. On Father’s Day 2018 my youngest and oldest daughters, ages 50 and 55, shared a csrd and both signed it in cursive. when I asked about where the learned cursive, oldest said she lesrned it in school. My youngest said they didn’t teach it when I came along, “but I learned it from my sister”. Which tells me out schools have lost their way. Too much time on sports?.

    One sister learning from another is pretty basic.

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