Cursive writing is the style of writing in a connected manner where the letters give a cohertent flowing effect. The most widely used form of writing because of its flow and ease in writing that saves time instead of breaking the flow of writing after each letter.
The actual word ‘cursive’ comes from the Middle French word ‘cursif’, which comes from the Medieval Latin word ‘cursivus’ which means ‘running’. This makes sense as your pen is literally running along the page without breaking.
Learning cursive not only improves retention and comprehension, it engages the brain on a deep level as students learn to join letters in a continuous flow. It enhances fine motor dexterity and gives children a better idea of how letters work in combination. Joined-up handwriting develops motor skills and pen control. You can also recognise letters quicker by learning cursive. When you teach cursive handwriting, you’re practising important muscle movements. These are needed for manual dexterity. Being able to complete fine motor movements will also contribute to children’s hand-eye coordination. This is the reason of introducing cursive writing to children at a young age.
Good cursive hand gives a child the confidence to be able to write to express confidently and clearly. It gives a neat look to their assignments and helps in better assessment or future reference of notes. Later, in life although with the presence of keyboards, good handwriting is an impressive skill to have.