My husband and I spent the night away from our children for the first time in a little over four years. It was quiet….and wonderful. I even forgot ever so briefly how noisy they are. By the time we had everyone collected and back home I noticed there was a box on the front step. All of the curriculum is finally here and the big work can begin as I translate all of that into manageable chunks. I’m going to work on the easiest ones first which means the lessons for penmanship practice come first.
Of course, along the way I discovered that Indiana will no longer be teaching cursive to their students. Apparently there is not enough time to teach both typing and handwriting. Never-mind the fact that there are scientific studies out there that show that there are other ways in which handwriting benefits developing brains. In short, handwriting is more than just a method of communication. In fact,
[t]he benefits of gripping and moving a pen or pencil reach beyond communication. Emerging research shows that handwriting increases brain activity, hones fine motor skills, and can predict a child’s academic success in ways that keyboarding can’t.
Sad. More NCLB inanity, no doubt, as our public school teachers spend more time teaching to tests and less time developing well-rounded members of society. As for our family? We’ll continue with penmanship practice, thank you very much. First with some manuscript practice and review while transitioning into cursive this Spring.