At first I thought I was a dinosaur – lamenting the demise of cursive writing in our culture. Most schools no longer teach it in this age of keyboarding. But I’ve recently seen a number of scientifically researched articles on the benefits of cursive writing in child development – specifically on brain development.
Cursive handwriting stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and right hemispheres, something absent from printing, typing or keyboarding. There is a reason why beautiful handwriting seems like an artistic art form: Cursive writing engages the same areas of the brain used to create art.
Another important area associated with cursive writing and one that supports self-esteem building is when the limbic – or emotional area of the child’s brain – is engaged in a positive linguistic exercise. Writing in cursive stimulates this area of the brain as well.
So, encourage your child’s brain development by teaching them the art of cursive writing. Not good at handwriting yourself? There are many practice books to get started. And, it’s never too late to “train your brain” to be more creative.
To learn more about these fascinating studies visit:
Information about the brain’s responses to cursive writing were taken from:
Dr. David Sortino, a psychologist and current Director of Educational Strategies, a private consulting company catering to teachers, parents, students. Dr. Sortino is also a primary provider for the FastForWord reading Program as well as trained in Neurofeedback.
To contact Dr. Sortino, e-mail davidsortino@comcast or 707-829-8315 or go to his blog: Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Dr. David Sortino.