Evidence exists that shows cursive can be beneficial to students who have dyslexia, but those students are a neurological exception, and there is no evidence of a benefit in neurotypical children. If children have no experience with cursive writing, they should start with the Level 5 Handwriting course, which introduces cursive writing. As children copy adages, Bible verses, skillfully written poetry, states and capitals, grammar rules, and presidents of the United States in order of presidency the first six , children will be learning more than just cursive handwriting. The rest of the course introduces 2—3 new letters at a time, going in the order of the most used letters. This level focuses on the correct print formation of letters and numbers and, near the end of the course, introduces short words and sentences. Handwriting 4 is side-bound.
Indiana State Senator Jean Leising R-Oldenburg has sponsored legislation for the past seven years to require cursive instruction in schools, but it has failed to pass. Inspiring quotes, scriptures, and poems are included in the course and may be included more than once for repeated exposure.
This course also helps children memorize grammar rules and definitions and learn the spelling of more difficult names for colors. The course focuses on cursive writing.
The text size for cursive writing gets smaller as the course progresses.
Also, as the course progresses, instead of just copying cursive writing, children will write original sentences in cursive and convert manuscript print to cursive writing. Handwriting 1 is side-bound.
The course focuses on cursive writing. The research did show that haptic feedback, which is learning how to form letters by hand and getting feedback from touch and pressure, is beneficial, but no distinction was made between cursive text and printed text. Handwriting Level 3 is for children in third or fourth grade. Check out the video below on the decline of cursive.
This course covers half of the alphabet in cursive, starting with the most used letters.
The course focuses on cursive writing. Handwriting Level 3 is for children in third or fourth grade. Handwriting 2 is side-bound.
This level focuses on the correct print formation of letters and numbers and, near the end of the course, introduces short words and sentences.
The course also exposes children to poetry, Bible verses, grammar rules, alphabetizing, and drawing. The course focuses on refining print handwriting while introducing cursive. Leising recently penned an editorial in the Rushville Republican urging passage of a cursive bill and citing science research that shows learning cursive provides brain benefits. This course is for children with some handwriting experience who are still working on correct print formation of letters and numbers. Handwriting Level 7 is for children in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade. The course mainly focuses on cursive, but some pages cover refining print handwriting in specific ways.