pre-k through grade 8

cursive writing

Cursive writing,  a forgotten skill? Not at The Catholic Academy of Stamford! In second grade, our students get their introduction to cursive writing which becomes a great goal to achieve. Some of the benefits of cursive writing include the following. Cursive writing strengthens fine motor skills, increases literacy, and benefits brain development.


According to neurologist William Klemm, the neurological benefits of writing by hand are compounded with cursive writing. “Cursive writing, compared to printing, is even more beneficial because the movement tasks are more demanding, the letters are less stereotypical, and the visual recognition requirements create a broader repertoire of letter representation.” Researcher Diane Montgomery posits that the connected letters and fluid motion of cursive handwriting are especially beneficial to students with disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.


When students write confidently and legibly, their academics as a whole seem to improve. And cursive is an academic skill at which everyone can succeed.


And, for students who are struggling, success in one area can be the key to unlocking greater academic potential. As Dr. Klemm observed, “As a child learns to master academic challenges, self-confidence emerges and provides a drive to learn more because the child knows that achievement is possible. Learning cursive is an easy way for a child to discover important tactics for learning as well as the emotional benefit of being able to master a task.”


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