Back in the day, students hunched over their desks and practiced cursive until their hands cramped. But those days are long gone. The Common Core standards have removed cursive from the English curriculum, turning it into a lost art form. While some think cursive is just a way to make papers aesthetically pleasing, there are other advantages. Cursive has been shown to increase brain activity, improve academic performance, and inspire creative thinking. Luckily, your child can still reap the benefits without the school's help. With these hands-on apps and fun games, kids can learn how to write in cursive outside of the classroom.
Cursive Touch and WriteCursive Touch and Write ($3) gives kids an excuse to play with their food. Kids choose from an assortment of treats like chocolate frosting, whipped cream, and ketchup to work on their handwriting. Once they perfect single letters, you can switch to whole word mode where kids learn how to link letters together.
LeapFrog Dry Erase WorkbookLeapFrog's workbook ($6) provides 16 pages of practice for kids. Once they finish all the activities, simply wipe it away and start again.
Kid-O-Cursive MagnatabTeach them to write before they enter school with the magnatab ($29). Available in uppercase and lowercase, the magnetic tablet allows kids to trace letters with a pen while pulling the magnetic balls. Once the balls are together, the child has successfully "written" the letter.
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