Cursive popular with WDC Elementary students
The appeal of email may have resulted in some peoples' handwriting becoming as sloppy as the most hurried doctor's chicken scratch, but fear not for the penmanship prowess of future generations at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary.
Not only is the study of cursive going strong at WDC Elementary, but teachers actually use the prospect of learning it as an incentive for their kids.
"They can hardly wait to start cursive," said Carol Tornquist, second grade teacher at WDC.
Vicki Smith, a fellow second grade teacher, said she's seen students in her class who are so eager to learn cursive that they've started writing it on their own initiative before the subject has been introduced.
"I discourage them from doing that so they don't learn bad habits," Smith said with a laugh.
Tornquist added that learning cursive has a variety of benefits.
"It really helps with hand-eye coordination," she said. "They have to be able to write so that people can understand what they're reading."
Smith said teaching cursive helps foster attention to detail and neatness.
"Often, their cursive ends up being neater than their manuscript because they really apply themselves," Smith said.
Kali Matthiesen, another WDC second grade teacher, said she taught her students that the form allows them to write faster without picking up their pen with every letter.
"I think it's great to introduce it and at least give them that option," Matthiesen said. "Not all adults even use cursive ... we can't make them do it the rest of their life, but if they learn it, it does help your writing go faster."
However, Tornquist cautioned that studying cursive may have some unintended consequences in the home.
"A lot of times, parents use cursive ... so the kids can't read it. Now they can't get anything by these kids," she said.