There has been a lot of disscussion about writing in cursive. Most public schools don’t evn start teaching cursive writing  until at least second grade. Many schools stopped all together and deem it unnecessary in this age of technology.

Yet, in Montessori, cursive is introduced as early as 2.5-3 years of age. When children are ready and developed essential skills such as vocabulary, sensorial materials and practical life skills, they will be able to master them in matter of a few weeks.

Here are a few of the advantages, as to why it is easier and better than print letters:

  • Cursive writing involves a flowing, uninterrupted movement and reinforces the left to right direction of the written language
  • It is easier for the young child to learn
  • Teaches words as a cohesive unit
  • Beauty – cursive writing is more beautiful
  • There is a clear distinction between capital and lower case letters
  • Allows for the continuous flow of thought and thinking ahead while writing
  • Reinforces the beginning and ending of words, with proper spacing of letters
  • Less confusing, as all lower case letters start from the same beginning point
  • By joining letters, cursive writing reinforces the blending of sounds within words

Would you like to make your own sandpaper letters?

Montessori Sandpaper Letters
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