I go back and forth...depends on the day. I write faster in cursive though.
It's a dying form. Moving along with the times. I think it will become something that people will do like calligraphy but not the norm for everyday usage.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
As I am old school, I will cry the day cursive is officially extinct from everyday life. Some say there's no use for it but I disagree. My signature is part of my identity. Signatures are unique and IMO, necessary for important for the validation of certain documents. Maybe I should have like this big paradigm shift and all and just get over it, but it bugs the he!! out of me. Maybe my kids won't care so much, but since I'm teaching them cursive no matter what the curriculum stipulates I hope that they will care enough to take pride in learning how to write with it. To me, cursive is beautiful and eloquent and I don't care if its use is diminishing. For me it still holds value.
I write in cursive a lot but I just noticed I do most of my capital letters in print instead. Funny.
This is hotly debated on some of the homeschool forums. I write in a mixture of mostly cursive with some print mixed in. I think it is important to learn how to write in cursive and especially how to read cursive, but I do not think hours upon hours a day need to be spent on it.
ETA - Times when I think you would use cursive. Taking notes in college, writing Christmas cards, writing thank you notes, writing wedding invitations, signing your name, writing notes to your child's teacher, love notes, and a variety of other circumstances. I also think it is very important to be able to read all of those things that are in cursive. Also restaurant menus, historical documents, and contracts.
I didn't spend hours and hours a day on it when I was in school either. It was part of our usual Spelling requirement and was like no big deal. Just another subject. And trust me, as one of the older gals here I probably had more cursive instruction at school compared to the others. Once we had printing mastered it was onto cursive, but it was at the very most no more than an hour out of the day and that's being very generous. Are you saying you mix cursive with printing in your normal writing? Like, if you were writing a letter or a note or something you would use cursive and printing? I use one or the other, depending on what I'm doing.
I agree, kids should be taught to write in cursive and especially to read it. It wasn't a big deal when I was a kid, we just learned it along with everything else.
We had a big debate about this at a teaching conference a few years back, with the question being raised "Do we teach cursive or do we spend more time on computer skills" Each school came away with their own answers but the school I teach at stuck with teaching cursive. We spend very little time on it, they learn it over a 3 year period between 3 and 5th grade. As a school we decided that it needed to be taught, even if the kids didnt have perfect handwriting. They start keyboarding in 1st grade so I think they will all be pretty well rounded.
I use printing most of the time, as the kids I teach are little. But recently I wrote a letter and remembered how much I love cursive
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson