At the beginning of 1998, I was a second grader who could only write in clunky print. I was so excited for third grade, where I knew I’d learn cursive handwriting. Fall of 1998 did not disappoint. By October, my letters joined up in delightful harmony to make waves of words that made me feel grown-up and sophisticated. Since the latter half of 1998, I have written in cursive without looking back. I love it — so much, in fact, that I decided to up-level by learning pointed pen calligraphy, but that’s another story.
What is “Learn Cursive for Kids (and Adults!)”?
Learn Cursive for Kids (and Adults!) is a free online course that will teach you — and/or your kids — how to write in cursive. Essentially, it’s a collection of videos that walks you through letterforms A-Z and a-z. Then, you learn how to connect those letters in order to write words. My niece, Brixlyn, agreed to be my student for the course, and you’ll learn along with her.
The course features nearly four hours of video instruction. The videos are all available to watch for free, and there are two ways to access them:
You can sign up for the free course here on the TPK website. The nice thing about learning with the course is that you’ll be able to track your progress through the course. Also, you can comment/ask questions about lessons and videos. (Since the videos were made for kids, comments were automatically disabled on YouTube.)
You can watch the course videos directly on YouTube. You won’t be able to keep track of your progress in a structured way, and, per YouTube policy, you can’t leave comments on the videos since they’re made for kids.
Any effective course has to have quality learning materials. For that reason, I designed a comprehensive worksheet to pair with the course. Again, the course videos are free, and I’m asking a nominal fee for the worksheet ($15 for personal use, $40 for classroom use).
In my article Does Handwriting Matter?: A Pro-Analog Argument, I point out that handwriting helps with memory retention and better academic performance. Cursive is so great for kids because it allows them to write class notes quickly and without distractions. Research has shown that when you actually write something down — as opposed to typing it — it “sinks in” much better. Furthermore, people who can write in cursive can read cursive.
Think about how many things are still written in cursive (or calligraphy) today. Calligraphed envelopes and invitations are a wedding staple, signifying luxury and elegance. If you start looking, you’ll see cursive everywhere: book covers, product labels, and in notes from friends and family.
I created this course out of a desire for the children in my family to be able to enjoy the world of cursive like I do. Knowing that some schools lack the funding and/or the time to teach cursive, I also wanted to provide this resource so kids can learn cursive outside of school. Just print out the worksheet, then fill it out with Brixlyn and me in Learn Cursive for Kids (and Adults!): A Free Online Course!
I hope that you can use TPK’s latest online course to teach cursive to your littles — or to learn it yourself. Welcome to the wonderful world of cursive handwriting!