Originally Posted by velochic
Do you write in cursive? Do you hand write notes? Do you think this is important for kids to learn and do you care if they are learning it?
Since my dc were Montessori kids, they both learned cursive first, and I've seen the benefits. DS has some written expression issues and I wonder if he would have had a greater struggle with dysgraphia if he hadn't had the early pre-writing preparation and writing work. His issues have made me sympathetic toward people who struggle with handwriting skills, so even though I think handwriting (cursive or a personalized printing) is a good thing to know, I understand why many don't.
I write in cursive. Over the years (since I started using a computer), it has devolved from a nice script to a bit of a scrawl, but still legible.
I hand write notes. I think the process of handwriting helps me with processing my thoughts. I prefer simplicity, and for me it's simpler to jot out a few notes on notepaper than it is to turn to an electronic device. I find using a computer/printer combination wasteful, since I often don't need an entire sheet of paper for a note or a recipe or whatever. I may change my mind about devices, if I ever get used to using my iPad - but since it disappears with the kids to school most days, that won't happen soon .
I think it's important for children to learn to write legibly, whether it's cursive or a personalized form of print.
-I think cursive provides a nice element of personal expression, which is often missing these days. As mentioned by others, holding a handwritten note can create a lovely form of contact with someone who isn't present. While clearing out some old files, I found an old cheque signed by my father (who died 16 years ago today) and I realized I have nothing else written in his hand.
-From a literary viewpoint, I heard an interesting interview with a literary researcher who mourned the dearth of author's earlier drafts with handwritten notes and editing changes these days. Since most authors write on computer and don't save early drafts, it's harder to study their writing process and the development of their work. I also think that there has been an unwelcome trend to long, overwritten books since it became easier to churn out hundreds of pages using a word processor, rather than sweating it out on a typewriter or by hand. There are quite a few authors who would benefit from learning some restraint. Ditching their computers for awhile and writing by hand might help their artistic development.
-There's a fair amount of research into the benefits of handwriting on neurological development and cognition. It's been a while since I read them, but I'll see if I can dig up some articles and post them.
I recognize that handwriting is a real struggle for some people though, so I understand if someone avoids it.