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In the day of keyboards and keypads, twitter and texting, little thought goes to handwriting. My children don’t write in cursive – geez most times they don’t even write in pen – it’s pencil or typewritten. I remember the first time I asked one of them to sign their name to a form and they printed.
Me: “Sign your name”
Kid: “I did”
Me: “No, you printed your name”.
Kid: “Well, that’s my signature.”
Me: “Signature requires you to sign your name in script”.
Kid: “We never use script”.
Me: “Well for this, you do.”
Exasperated, I think back to when penmanship was a class in school. We spent time, considerable chunks of time, both in school and at home, repeating those letters, over and over again, first one at a time and then joining them together to write in script.
While my kids learned cursive writing in elementary school there wasn’t as much emphasis on perfecting their letters, their style. In fact, I was amazed that all three of my boys craft their letters, even their print differently than I was taught, backwards I would dare say. They start from the bottom of letters and go up instead of from the top down. Despite how they learned, they did learn cursive, yet, they use it little. Their world consists of fonts, characters and emoticons. Cursive P’s and Q’s rarely rear their ugly heads. I doubt honestly that they would recognize the cursive letter Z if they saw it.
Today is National Handwriting Day.
There is evidence that children who use handwriting as a opposed to typing learn better since the act of handwriting leaves an imprint of the information on the brain.
Plus, your handwriting can say a lot about your personality. If your cursive slants to the right – you socialize and are open to world around you. If it slants to the left – you like to be behind the scenes. If you have no slant, you’re guarded and logical. Big cursive – big personality, small letters – introverted.
Happy Handwriting Day!