My boys hated learning and practicing cursive writing but we persevered with it for a long time. Along about middle school, I stopped requiring them to use cursive writing but they could print or type their narrations as they wished. Honestly I didn’t see the reason to make them continue.
One year we used Spelling Wisdom from Simply Charlotte Mason for copywork and dictation but it was not something the boys enjoyed. Cursive was just too tedious for them…they never did it well enough to have it come naturally.
The reason I decided to talk about this is because I noticed something just last week. Mr. A had a going away party before he left for New York. At that party, he received lots of nice cards with personal messages. I noticed he was having trouble reading some of them and asked him what was going on.
He struggles to read cursive even if it is neat and legible. He just doesn’t have the experience with cursive to read it easily.
I don’t know if that is reason enough to make children be proficient with cursive writing or not but I thought it was interesting.
Just an observation for my Flashback Friday post this time.