Print vs Cursive
Language Skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing
- We should teach print because reading comes before writing.
- For the child to write in cursive is confusing as the words look different.
- Not removing the pencil while writing a word does not enhance reading or writing.
- Children will be confused while reading their own work as nothing for reading is available in cursive!
- Teach how to join the letters in the last three months in class II.
- Teach how to join each letter by using the sentence’ The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.’
- In class III the teachers must insist that only a running handwriting is acceptable.
- In Pre-Primary child’s muscles as well as motor skills are not fully formed for too much written work.
- We should not use the term cursive as in a running hand the child will choose the slant/straight style of writing.
- Schools confuse cursive with neatness and formation and a running hand.
- These two areas are better taken care of in print.
- Cursive is very laborious with its serfs and loops!!
- What is the point of children writing fast or without picking up the pencil if they cannot read what they are writing.
- The final stage of writing is in class VI when the pen is introduced.
Neera Chopra is an Academic Analyst with 38 years experience in all phases of the school life cycle, including planning, design, development and project management. She has been the principal of different schools in Delhi and Kolkata.