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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

teaching cursive

Laurie Turnbull, a third-grade teacher at R.K. Mellon, has seen cursive handwriting “de-emphasized” over the years.
The change is due, in part, to the rise of technology, she said. While handwriting is included in the state's Common Core standards, it's not required, she noted.
Still, Turnbull, who has been teaching for 31 years, thinks it is important to introduce handwriting to children.
“The kids love it,” she said. “It's almost like art to them.”
Turnbull said she and other teachers tend to teach cursive after the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests. This year, those tests are scheduled for later in the year, so they are teaching some of it now.
Handwriting is good for children's fine-motor skills and instills perseverance, she believes.
“They're so determined to learn it,” she said.
For children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, handwriting builds confidence because it can be easier to distinguish cursive letters than printed ones, she said.

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