Monday, June 23, 2014

Cursive Handwriting

Written by Edda Manley...a Hand Writing Specialist
and an ardent follower of my blog articles comments…

Presently I'm helping my colleagues south of the border because cursive handwriting has now been taken out of the U.S. Public School curriculum due to their implementation of the Common Core Curriculum.  Sadly, our education policy makers follow the Americans even though some things had already proven to be a dismal failure here.  This happened with Whole Language and New Math.  
More information on our efforts can be found at and the www.campignforcursiveblogspot.

The grasp of the hand is the first motor control function developed by human beings.  Think of the heart connection made when an infant's hand grasps your finger.  The grasp of the hand is also the last motor control to leave one's body...often long after the person has ceased breathing.  How wonderful to have that connection to the very end. 

The first thing every child wants to learn or write by hand is his/her name.  The last handwriting to be maintained by a person at or near the end of one's life is the signature.

There is now neuro-scientific evidence seen through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that shows more adult like neuro-pathway connections are created through handwriting. These are not produced when children are read to...or use a keyboard.  (See research done by Canadian educated Dr. Karin Harman James at the University of Indiana).

There are over 3,000 nerve endings in each fingertip directly connected to the brain.  Simply rubbing your fingertips with your thumb stimulates the brain.  In body-language, pressing one's fingertips from both hands together during conversation is seen as a sign of intelligence/thinking.

Edda Manley...can be reached

“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder
how all those who do not write, compose or paint
can manage to escape madness, melancholia, the panic and fear
which is inherent in a human situation.”
(Graham Greene)

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead,
either write something worth reading
or do things worth writing.”
(Benjamin Franklin)

“Writing is an extreme privilege, but it’s also a gift.
It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone,”
(Amy Tan)

Cursive writing develops a flair that is unique and indicative of the person
with pen, paper or brush in hand.

Learning Cursive promotes brain development Learning to write Cursive requires…tentativeness and conscious control over fine hand and finger movements An important need in the cognitive development of children is to develop their ability to…focus…self-awareness of what they are doing…how they are doing it…making their muscles do what they want them to do…and responding to the feedback from knowing what improvements in control are needed and make those adjustments.

Psychologists advocate that Cursive should be taught in schools. Mental effort is seen as undesirable by many ~ but it is conducive to training the minds of children.

J. K. Rowling ~ a British novelist, best  known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series advocates, “The most important thing  is to read and write. Read as much as you can like I did.  It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.”

Merle Baird-Kerr…compiled June 19, 2014
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  1. MEG WRITES: "I like this are so right.
    It is more important to learn the 3 R's in the first 5 years
    than to learn to use a computer.
    Somehow, we keep doing things backward!"

  2. I recall when computers were first introduced into business, there was a small sign at each of the tellers' booths in the Royal Bank:
    "To err is really foul things up, takes a computer!."
    You and I both know that...Cursive Writing was a forerunner
    to computers...are running runners with them...and will long be
    postrunners after them!