I don't think cursive is that important - am I missing something?
First of all, I apologize if this topic has been discussed to death here in the past, hopefully not...
Anyway, I am thinking that I won't be teaching cursive to my 8 yo, for several reasons. First, she truly struggles with fine motor skills, always has, and learning to write was very difficult for her. In kindergarten (private school) she agonized over the writing practice worksheets, had so much trouble both holding the pencil correctly and forming the letters, homework - what little there was - was just torture. She has improved a great deal and can now write legibly and easily but it's still not her favorite thing. Now I realize that learning cursive would be good fine motor skill practice, but so is playing legos and rainbow loom and other stuff she actually ENJOYS! I just can't imagine, now that she's mastered printing, forcing her back into the endless drill and worksheet routine just to learn a new kind of handwriting that NO ONE USES ANYWAY!!
Which leads me to the second reason...I think it's obsolete. In researching this, it seems like homeschoolers in general are really big on teaching cursive, but it seems like there's no real reason, except that schools are dropping it so it must be important?? It's a "lost art", it teaches discipline (?), we all learned it so they should too...I really don't see one compelling reason here. It seems especially popular with the school-at-home and classical folks, which is not how we roll, but I am starting to second guess myself because no one seems to agree with me. I'm new at this, we just finished our first year homeschooling, so I know I don't know everything! Which brings me to my initial question - am I missing something vital about cursive??
P.S. I do plan to give her exposure to READING stuff written in cursive, because I do think that is important. I also plan to introduce typing this year, which seems like a much better use of our time and is a skill that is essential, I believe. Anyone know of any great typing apps/programs for kids??