Wednesday 18 January 2017

Cursive Writing Cards Review

I remember when I was at primary school being taught joined up writing or as we now seem to call it cursive. If memory serves me right I used to get quite annoyed because we had to use an ink pen and being left handed my writing always ended up smudged in places, I ended up resorting to using a biro in the end to save on the mess.

These days it seems to vary from school to school as to when you begin learning how to write in cursive. My eldest two learnt when they went into year 2, so they were aged six/seven but my youngest two began to learn this skill as soon as they started primary school. I've actually found the earlier they learn the easy it seems to be for them.


Now I'll admit it is a skill that I learnt but not one that I carried on in later life, I tend to just print my letters rather than join them but having begun volunteering at the school I've now had to begin using cursive writing again. As if by magic I was sent some cursive writing cards from FlashKids to review and although for kids I have to say they've been quite handy for me too.

In the pack you receive a pen which has an eraser attached to the end of it and 40 write on/wipe off cards. These cards have a variety of uppercase and lowercase letters on them as well as full words and sentences. The cards themselves are easy to write on and just as simple to clean off when finished with and the handy box they come in is perfect for storing everything in when not in use. 


When my children are first learning to form their letters they are taught to do each letter separately. One complaint I have about these cards is that they don't include the kicks at the beginning of the letters which will later help them join the letters to each other. However what these cards do help with is actually jining the letters together when you see the full words written down.

Something else that I like is the way that the letters and words are actually laid out, they are written neatly on lines which is something that children need to learn to do quite early on and it also gives them an idea of the type of size that their letters need to be when they write them out themselves. There is enough blank space on the cards to allow children to practice without tracing over the letters too.


Overall the cursive writing cards are very handy but I would agree with the ageing on the pack and would say that they are better suited to children of at least six years old as the differing ways in writing the letters may be confusing to younger kids.

1 comment:

  1. These are such a great idea....My youngest is 9 and can write in cursive but keeps forgetting to even though she is supposed to at school...These are something I would think about getting her...


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