Parents often ask why the children are initially exposed to cursive style

lettering rather than manuscript (print).  The rationale is outlined below:


  1. There is no confusion between cursive forms of b and d while the manuscript (print) form of these letters is often reversed.

  2. Cursive writing is a natural way of writing because the writing instrument flows along the paper without frequent stopping within and between the letters.

  3. The flow of cursive writing allows for a flowing progression of thoughts while writing.

  4. Cursive lower case and capital letters are rarely confused, while they are frequently confused and interchanged in the manuscript form.

  5. It is easy to learn the cursive form while in the sensitive period for writing.  The child can readily acquire manuscript writing afterward.

  6. The child always knows where to begin writing a cursive letter going from left to right, while manuscript letters start at many different points.

  7. The child, who can read cursive, can easily learn to read manuscript.  The transition is easy.  Not so for going from manuscript to cursive.

  8. The tracing of sandpaper letters is easier with cursive letters.  The child's hand can shape the letters with lightness of touch and easy mobility.


Adapted from VCMTE