The Lost Art of Cursive Writing

My son has about a month-and-a-half left of fourth grade.  So if it hasn’t happened by now, I doubt it will happen at all.

And by “it,” I mean learning to write in cursive.

When I taught fourth grade, my students had already learned the basics of cursive the year before in third grade.  We continued to practice, because practice makes better, and I did require some of their assignments to be completed in cursive writing.

Last year, my son didn’t learn cursive writing in third grade.  So during last year’s summer vacation, I spent time with my son, teaching him how to write his first name in cursive.  He writes it beautifully. 

But we still have the rest of his name to learn, the rest of the alphabet to practice.  That will happen during this year’s summer vacation.

Click here to read an essay I wrote several years ago for titled “The Value of Teaching Cursive.”

4 thoughts on “The Lost Art of Cursive Writing

  1. Great essay. I was just telling someone how in a couple generations, anyone who can read/write cursive will be sought after and probably paid big money to interpret documents that no one else can read anymore! Cursive will probably be a mandatory class for wanna-be Historians to take. It really is becoming a lost art. Thanks for writing about this important issue.


  2. Mrs. Wisenhunt, my third grade teacher, taught us cursive right on schedule. Three years later Mrs. Wisenhunt was my sixth grade teacher. When I handed in my first essay, which I printed in upper- and lower-case block letters, she returned it with instructions to rewrite and resubmit it in cursive. I did as she directed. I don’t remember what grade she gave me on that essay, but I do remember the note she wrote in cursive in red pencil: “You may print your essays from now on.”


  3. John, thank you for sharing that story! It’s so true how teachers have such a lasting impact on us! Thank you for reading (and commenting!), Wendy


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