Do you remember learning cursive writing as a child?
My third grade teacher would always turn on classical music
as she taught us proper form as we learned each stroke of each letter.
I remember feeling very grown up,
like I was finally in on how adults wrote in this fancy, sophisticated writing.
Yet, as the years went by, my printing always survived
and my cursive was saved for signing my name on checks
or writing thank you notes for gifts.
It’s sad to say that cursive is a dying art.
Do you know many people who only write in cursive?
But lately I’ve been wondering if I should push myself to use it more.
Which leads me to say that cursive isn’t quite dead yet.
I’m teaching it in my classroom
hoping to give my students that same experience I had
and praying that they’ll love it and continue to use it through their adult lives.
The truth of the matter is
perhaps cursive is a dying art because there is no time
in the teaching day for cursive writing.
We are slammed with math and reading
and science here and there
that for a lot of teachers, cursive gets lost in the shuffle.
What would the world be like without cursive, I wonder?
Would it be normal for people to never learn
to craft their very own signature?
There is a student in particular that inspired this post.
She surprised me with the sweetest card on my birthday.
Which was written in her best cursive.
And it made me smile.
Because maybe, just maybe,
cursive is not dead.