Latin cursive AKA Modern English cursive was a standard lesson in nearly every elementary school classroom not that long ago. Being able to print script letters was taught first. Once you got into 3rd Grade, it was time to learn cursive!
It’s different now. In classrooms across America, cursive writing lessons have been put on the back-burner. With typing having taken over modern classrooms, printers are now writing letters–if at all–while children are clicking away at keys on a computer or tablet instead of drawing words on paper, or just printing letters on paper. There is no specific time set aside to teach cursive to students.
But for teachers who still teach cursive, bless their good hearts–nearly all of them has their own methods. Some will hand out papers with cursive examples that you can trace and repeat on your own. They usually have little arrows indicating the direction you should take the pen while writing.
Some teachers will give directions on a chalkboard, explain every stroke they make to connect letters, and have you repeat it on paper. Then will the student be graded on it after hours of practice.
It’s Truly an Art Form
Letter writing and calligraphy are art forms. Truly, the best cursive artists are those that have taken the time to practice their cursive and balance letter size, sometimes even creating their very own fonts; their personal style of writing.
Ligatures can be such a pain to draw, yet when mastered, look quite beautiful. How you connect letters is as important as how you write each letter when it comes to cursive. Consistency is key.
That’s why this teacher not only gets an A+ for teaching his students how to write in a consistent form and size to connect letters easily, he also gets an extra point for cadence in his singing, another point for speed, and yet another point for caring enough to teach kids an important skill that will surely make them feel good about writing assignments in the future.
What’s He Doing?
He’s singing a song that kids can easily remember, and is demonstrating how each letter, when written a certain way can connect very easily to any other letter. He is also showing how certain letters have sections that are below the baseline, and others have sections that are above the midline. This is done all while singing a catchy tune with counting.
This method stresses consistency in size and form, and the speed he does it in is phenomenal.
He is speaking in Telugu, which is a language spoken in the state of Telangana in the Andhra Pradesh region in India.
Don’t worry, he probably goes over it several times with students. Those that pick it up quickly can go on to immediately practice, and those that need a repeat display, can continue watching the show until they get it.
You might want to get a pen and paper and try it yourself!