There has been a lot of disscussion about writing in cursive.
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