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Cursive Letters: Lowercase

The teaching of cursive letters: lowercase or uppercase has become a low priority in most school systems.

With the advent of computers and the take over by word processing software, many people think cursive writing is a dying art. With this kind of thinking, what many people overlook are the benefits derived from learning cursive writing.

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Benefits of Cursive Letters: Lowercase

Lowercase cursive letters connect and once they are practiced, provide fluent handwriting which offers advantages over typing. First of all, cursive writing complements the way our muscles work. In fact, back in the days when men wrote with quills or even fountain pens, cursive writing was an acquired skill, too much pressure on the "pen" and you'd end up with a blotch of ink rather than a downstroke. Today reading specialists suggest that learning cursive writing before being taught manuscript printing may actually help children learn to read.

Because lowercase cursive letters connect, people tend to think that is the cause for improved reading skill, but experts say that isn't the case. While it is suggested the connected nature of cursive lowercase letters improves spelling skills, movements needed to create cursive letters are a gross motor activity rather than a fine motor skill which is needed for printing. The bottom line is that the real benefit comes from how cursive letters are formed. All lowercase cursive letters are made from three basic movements: overcurve, undercurve and up/downstroke.

How to Teach Lowercase Letters

When teaching a child how to create cursive letters lowercase, group letters according to movement needed to form them. For instance, letters a, c, d and o all start with an overcurve to the left. Grouping letters which are similar in form, gives the child more of an opportunity to practice the movement without getting bored. Practice sheets are available online for free. They often include a few samples of each letter for the child to trace before they start to create letters from scratch.

Goal

When teaching a child cursive writing your goal should be fluency and legibility. Handwriting should be something to take pride in. Much can be learned from a person's handwriting. In fact, the science known as graphology picks out personal details regarding a person using advanced statistical methods, technology and computers for the process. If you take time to learn how to write fluently and legibly, the one thing a specialist will know for sure is that you were taught right form.