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The following information was condensed from an article by Diana Hanbury King, highly respected  in the area of dyslexia:

Cursive writing has many advantages, especially for persons with dyslexia.

1. The word becomes a unit, rather than a series of separate strokes.  Thus spacing within and between words are much less of a problem.
2.  Fewer letters are reversed. 
3.  Most critically, handwriting engages more cognitive resources than keyboarding does. Writing exercises the brain, keyboarding the fingers.
4.  Teaching cursive includes the ability to read cursive.  The Declaration of Independence as well as many other important documents are written in cursive.
5.  A cursive signature is more difficult to forge than a printed one.
6.  It has been argued that learning to write using cursive makes it more difficult for beginning readers.  This is simply not the case.  Reading and writing, although both tasks involve written language processes, engage different circuits within the brain.  
7.  Before the student begins to write on paper, all cursive formations should be practiced standing up and working on a white board or chalkboard.  The four-step multisensory procedure known as "Trace, Copy, Cover, Closed" is vital.
8.  As students form each letter in writing a word, they say the letter name out loud.
9.Posture -The student sits with back straight or tilted slightly forward and feet firmly on the floor.  The desk top should be no more than two inches above the elbow when the arm is hanging down by the student's side.
10. Paper position - The paper should be slanted at a forty-degree angle that is parallel to the writing arm.
11. Pencil grip - The pencil is gripped between the thumb and index finger, with the middle finger forming a shelf underneath.  The end of the pencil should point toward the shoulder.  All fingers are slightly bent.  There are various pencil grips and pencils on the market designed to help students hold their pencils appropriately.
12.  Practicing a letter formation a few times is more effective than writing endless lines of a single letter.


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Edyth Buettner (Lori) on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 8:10 AM
I have to say that I agree with you 100 percent. Our children need to be able to read and understand historical documents. To this day if I doodle, I'm using cursive to write out different peoples names. All the practices you listed above are exactly what I was taught in school. I really don't understand why someone would want to stop teaching cursive writing, it is beautiful to see.
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