Resource page: articles, clinical studies, handwriting benefits


So why write cursive?


           Cursive and digital skills are like apples and oranges.  

           Computers are not a substitute for cursive writing.  

           It isn’t a matter of choosing one over the other.   

          To be successful, our kids need both.  

                   Susan Govorko


So, why do kids need to learn cursive — isn’t a computer good enough?

   Clinical studies show that cursive handwriting creates and increases neurological pathways in the brain.  Neural pathways are what help us access the data we store in our brain cells ... the more we have, the better we can think and the better we can think, the more we can learn.

   Researchers have discovered that the hand-brain connection is vital to the process of neuro-plasticity — the process of organizing and reorganizing the brain’s neural pathways.  In other words, the simple pen / pencil grip and fine motor movements involved in handwriting are fundamental to the way we learn and think.  Handwriting practice is the precursor to innovative thinking and creative ideas.

    In his groundbreaking book, The Hand - How its use shapes the brain, language, and human culture, Frank R. Wilson says it so eloquently, The desire to learn is reshaped continuously as brain and hand vitalize one another, and the capacity to learn grows continuously as we fashion our own personal laboratory for making things.



Links to Articles about the value of handwriting:


Intelligence and the Lost Art of Cursive Writing


The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning


Handwriting - How To Teach Handwriting Skills in Preschool


How Handwriting Trains the Brain


Brain Plasticity: What Is It? - Learning and Memory


How Cursive Writing Uniquely Helps Brain Development


The Case for Cursive


Cursive Handwriting: How Important Is It?


Watch How You Hold That Crayon


In Digital Age, Does Handwriting Still Matter?


Why Learning to Write by Hand Matters


Thinking About Cursive in a Digital World


Indiana Senate Backs Bill to Require Cursive Lessons


State Lawmakers Take Steps to Keep Cursive in the Classroom


Summit to Make a Case for Teaching Handwriting


Why Handwriting is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age


Rationales for Cursive First Penmanship Instruction


How Should We Teach Our Children to Write? Cursive First, Print Later!


What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

     follow-up article:  Too Soon to Declare Handwriting a Relic of the Past


Handwriting engages the mind


The Pen may be mightier than the Keyboard


The “Write Stuff” For Preventing and Treating Disabilities


The many health perks of  good handwriting







Author, Educator Samuel L. Blumenfeld’s important treatise:

How Should We Teach Our Children to Write?  Cursive First, Print Later!




Plasticity and handwriting:


Brain Plasticity: What Is It? - Learning and Memory


The Brain-Based Benefits of Writing for Math and Science Learning


How Handwriting Trains the Brain


How cursive writing affects brain development


Early Development of Language by Hand: Composing, Reading, Listening, and Speaking Connections; Three Letter-Writing Modes; and Fast Mapping in Spelling





Reports of schools eliminating cursive writing:


The end of cursive handwriting


Cursive handwriting no longer a focus in Illinois elementaries






Informational article for teaching young children:


Handwriting - How to teach Handwriting Skills in Preschool

Sandpaper Letters - Refresh Your Presentations



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