After many years of implementing a policy whereby handwriting print or script is taught in the early years followed then by cursive, our School policy has now changed.
Even though Maria Montessori advocated the introduction of cursive handwriting, MRMS has over the years adopted a handwriting policy based on what other schools in the region were using rather than what both past and current research tells us.
Cursive handwriting has been shown to have numerous benefits for children learning to both read and write, including the following:
- Movements of cursive are easier and more natural for the child to make.
- There is a natural rhythmic flow to forming words using cursive.
- The sequence can more readily be internalised in the young child’s muscular memory.
- Words formed in cursive have a definite beginning and end (spacing between words becomes less of an issue).
- There is less confusion and reversals of letters such as b, d, p and q
- Each letter begins on the line ensuring its formation is easier to complete and internalise.
- Learning to write and read cursive handwriting leads to a quick transition to reading printed script and a new found interest in the different styles of writing.
Maria Montessori realised through her scientific observations many years ago that cursive was the ideal form of handwriting for the young child learning to read and write. Both the early introduction of cursive and her multi-sensory approach to teaching handwriting continues to be supported by an abundance of recent research.
Cursive Handwriting: a well founded decision for our School and our children!
Click here to read it our new updated Policy. Handwriting Policy 2014
Here is an interesting article about the benefits of cursive: