May 21, 2019

CURSIVE: REASONS IT IS STILL RELEVANT TODAY & THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT

 By JacquelineS

Cursive: Reasons It Should Be Taught Today & the Science Behind It

SWhen I was in first grade, Mrs. Scherger, my soon-to-be 2nd grade teacher told me, “Here at Trinity, we learn cursive in 2nd grade, so starting next year, you’ll be able to read anything written by anyone, even the Constitution.” That was an exciting, mysterious prospect to me because at that time all I knew was the print in my readers.

Now, under the Common Core State Standards Initiative for “best educational practices”, it states that “cursive is no longer required to be taught” and instead will be replaced by keyboarding.

In Killing Cursive Is Killing History HuffPost has this to say: “Not only can this generation not read or write cursive, they can no longer even sign their names. They write everything, including their own names, in block letters. Signing your name has been a proof of identity for hundreds of years. Those who could not sign their names would have to make their mark in front of witnesses. Contracts, mortgages, wills and all manner of other legal documents require our signature. What will the future bring for people who cannot put their signatures to documents?”

OTHER SIDE EFFECTS:

What is being missed here – what many educators do not realize – is that by learning cursive: 

  • you were not just learning how to communicate in another font
  • you were building neural pathways necessary to stimulate brain activity that enables vision-motor control and language fluency necessary for cognitive development, learning, reading, sports, socialization and everyday tasks


REASONS CURSIVE SHOULD BE TAUGHT:

THE SCIENCE FOR COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Fine motor skills are the building blocks our brains need to connect and make sense of the world around us. Cursive is a great example of many specializations taking place at once.

Cursive combines:

  • tactile information (touch/sensation)
  • hand-eye coordination
  • movement control (fine motor dexterity)
  • visual integration
  • directing movement by thought, and
  • thinking simultaneously, in a fullness that print alone does not


Jackie’s Note: here is a printable list of 30 ways to help your boys (and girls, too!)!

Understanding and knowing how to form letters on lines at a certain shape and size, at a certain angle, in real time and space comes through the fine motor control of the hands and arms. Cursive handwriting naturally develops sensory skills, as they are called, by taking advantage of a child’s inability to fully control their fingers. (source)

Neurologist Frank Wilson wrote in his book, “The Hand: How its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, And Human Culture, “teachers should not try to educate the mind by itself. If educators continue to dissolve the disciplines that involve the hands and the body in full movement (as in active play), much of the knowledge will be poorly processed and inadequately learned.”

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Cursive: Reasons It Should Be Taught Today & the Science Behind It

Read more here: https://deeprootsathome.com/reasons-cursive-should-be-taught-science-behind-it/?fbclid=IwAR3WRfYqFIsJTAZo8qryATJc_gVpNk_xATcuwEaBFRi8h5mOWtjrzIdt2W0

In the above link is more on:

THE SCIENCE ON CURSIVE

CURSIVE HELPS IN DYSLEXIA:

HELP IN FOCUS (BOYS AND GIRLS):

and more

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading




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HSLDA: Single-Parent Homeschooling

Single-Parent Homeschooling

When you’re single with children, homeschooling can appear daunting. Single homeschooling mom Mary Jo Tate shares practical tips and advice to make home education a possibility for your family.

“If God has called you to homeschool your children, He will provide the strength, patience, grace, resources, and time to do it. Let your family and your life be a testimony of God’s faithfulness.” — Mary Jo Tate

Program Listing:

Click on a program title to listen online and read a transcript

5/20   You Can Homeschool!
5/21   Achieving Balance
5/22   Set for Success
5/23   Avoiding Burnout
5/24   Stand by Me

Complete Program:
Listen to the complete program with Mike Smith and Mary Jo Tate.

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Guests:

Mary Jo Tate

Mary Jo Tate, author of Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms (coming from Apologia in 2013), is blessed with four wonderful sons and has been educating them at home since 1997. An international editor and book coach for over 25 years, she teaches homeschoolers, single moms, and work-at-home moms how to balance family life and home business and how to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality.

Mary Jo has a heart to help, encourage, and inspire other homeschoolers—especially single moms. She reminds them, “If God has called you to homeschool your children, He will provide the strength, patience, grace, resources, and time to do it.” For resources and encouragement for single parents, visit her website. You can get Mary Jo’s e-book, From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms, free here.

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 1 May 2013:  One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

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Update on Still waiting for letter: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

Previous information:

http://hef.org.nz/2012/still-waiting-for-letter-how-will-the-new-social-obligations-which-will-be-required-of-all-beneficiary-parents-effect-home-schoolers/

and

http://hef.org.nz/2012/new-update-on-how-will-the-new-social-obligations-which-will-be-required-of-all-beneficiary-parents-effect-home-schoolers/

and

http://hef.org.nz/2012/toby-manhire-on-benefit-slaying-nats-starting-to-look-plain-nasty/

I have now lost count on the number of times I have spoken with people at Paula Bennett’s office. I have always been treated well and the staff have been trying to be very helpful.

I have just rung the office again at 5:00pm. Paula Bennett has seen the letter and wanted a couple of changes made to it. These changes have now been made and we are again waiting for Paula Bennett to sign the letter.

My contact at Paula Bennett’s office apologized for the fact that we have had to wait so long for this letter. She then said that we would definately get it tomorrow.

So I trust I will be able to put the letter up here for you all to read and then make submissions on it if necessary.

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 16 September 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

 

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Still waiting for letter: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

Update 19 September 11:00am Paula Bennett has still not signed the letter. Again I have been given a promise that they will try to get her to sign it today or tonight. Trust it wont be too long before we get this letter.

Remember if you have an appointment about this over the next few days see if you can get it put off for a few weeks until there is some sort of policy about this. It is very disconcerting that some people have been turning up at interviews and finding that they have not been given all the information. I have heard of people at an interview being told that they have to work for 15 hours a week (and not told about a study option) or their benefit will be cut by 50%. I have heard of others who have turned up for their interview and told the person interviewing them that they are home schooling. They have then been told that they don’t have to do anything. So the standand is different depending on who you get and possibly their attitude towards home schooling.

Read more here: http://hef.org.nz/2012/new-update-on-how-will-the-new-social-obligations-which-will-be-required-of-all-beneficiary-parents-effect-home-schoolers/

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 16 September 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

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New Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

Update 5/10/12: Make a submission: Reject compulsory Early Education for 3 year olds

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Update 19 September 11:00am Paula Bennett has still not signed the letter. Again I have been given a promise that they will try to get her to sign it today or tonight. Trust it wont be too long before we get this letter.

Remember if you have an appointment about this over the next few days see if you can get it put off for a few weeks until there is some sort of policy about this. It is very disconcerting that some people have been turning up at interviews and finding that they have not been given all the information. I have heard of people at an interview being told that they have to work for 15 hours a week (and not told about a study option) or their benefit will be cut by 50%. I have heard of others who have turned up for their interview and told the person interviewing them that they are home schooling. They have then been told that they don’t have to do anything. So the standand is different depending on who you get and possibly their attitude towards home schooling.

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Update 18 September 5:30pm Paula Bennet has not signed the letter yet. Hopefully she will be signing it tonight and it will be emailed to me first thing in the morning.

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For background information please read this link: Update on: How will the new Social obligations which will be required of all beneficiary parents effect home schoolers?

I know that many of you on benefits are really concerned about these latest moves for beneficaries and are looking for answers.

I have just finished ringing Paula Bennett’s office again and was told:

1. They talked about it this morning in the office.

2. They are wanting to make sure that they get the correct information out to me because they know I will be passing it onto others. So they are going to be sending me a formal response so that there is no confusion.

3. They don’t want to give us any wrong information.

UPDATE:

4. The letter has been written – it is just waiting for Paula Bennett’s signature. Because those in her office don’t know her movements at the moment it is not signed yet. It might be signed tonight but most likely tomorrow. As soon as it is signed it will be email to me.

5. The good news is that the letter mentions the opportunity for home educators to make submissions about the formal response we will be getting.

So not long now until we hear…

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 16 September 2012: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:
http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

 

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