We’re often asked why we spent the time to make an app to help children learn cursive.
Once the very heart of public school education, cursive is aggressively being replaced by computer classes. Instead of learning the basics of handwriting, children are increasingly being introduced to the nuances of the keyboard.
Now, there’s absolutely no denying the importance that computers play in our world. You’re reading this message in print, on a computer or mobile device. Still, writing matters. It makes a difference.
Whether you’re planning to use Intro to Cursive at home with your children or in school with your students, we’ve highlighted the main features of the app below. We can’t wait for you to get started, and hope you enjoy Intro to Cursive by Montessorium.
The world may have written off cursive, but Montessorium has built an app dedicated to the art of teaching handwriting.
P.S. The Atlantic published a piece we wrote, entitled, “Don’t Write Off Cursive”. You can read it here.
Learn the sounds of the letters, in a series of guided, interactive exercises. With an emphasis placed on phonetics, instead of letter names, your child will trace and select the letters. Instead of saying the name, ‘A’, we say the sound ‘a’ makes.
The objective of this activity is to acquire a knowledge of the names and symbols of the capital letters. Once an understanding has been developed of the letter sounds, we then transition to the letter names. We use the capital letters to differentiate, allowing the children know that there’s something different happening here.
A special section designed specifically to help your child practice both their lowercase and uppercase letters – one letter at a time. After working through the letter sounds and letter names, utilizing the famous Montessori three period lesson approach, you can now practice the letters you most wish to work with at your own pace. Included in this section is also an opportunity to work with phonograms.
After working through tracing the letters with guided instruction, take your turn at free form writing. Use the sandbox to practice. Click the plus button to select a new letter to practice.
Recommended Ages: 2-8 years old, or when your child or student starts to express interest.
Beyond the App
There are so many ways to incorporate language into your daily routines at home. When first getting started, we highly recommend that you play the “I-Spy” game. This can be done virtually anywhere. It goes something like this, “I-Spy, with my little eye, something that begins with…” Then, you identify the first sound of that object. Let’s say it’s an “acorn”. You would enunciate, “a”, as a sound, being mindful of not naming the letter. As an important side note, the more you can isolate one difficulty at a time, the easier it will be for your child or student to grasp.
As adults, we often insist that children try to write in print. Print is very punctual and truncated. If you watch children when they first pick up a pencil, or more likely a crayon. How do they move their hand? In a circular motion. Let them continue to develop these movements. It’s a natural extension towards the art of cursive.