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A look into cursive in classes for National Handwriting Day

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YAKIMA, WA - For National Handwriting Day, we decided to take a deeper look into the art of cursive writing.

For many of us, cursive is something we were all able to use by fifth grade, and it may have even fit into our personal penmanship. But since common core learning methods have taken over school curricula across the country - a system that doesn't include learning cursive - many students won't have that experience.

Luckily, some teachers opt to keep it in their classes.

"We just kind of dug in our heels and said, 'You know, it isn't tested, but we think it's important, and we're going to stick to the things that are still important and not let that test drive everything in our curriculum'," said Kathy Perez, a 5th grade Language Arts teacher at West Valley Middle School. "It's not right for kids. You still have to do what's right for kids."

Perez and Kimber Henning, another language arts teacher, both say cursive is more beneficial than people may think.

"This world is so fast-paced, and one of the things cursive does with kids is it helps them to slow down and really helps them to focus on what they're doing, and really increases those focus abilities unlike keyboarding and printing," says Henning.

They told us that research also shows this form of writing helps students use both the left and right hemispheres of their brains, which is critical to their learning, and can even work well with helping dyslexic students.

It also gives many kids a special talent.

"It helps kids' self-esteem, because some kids don't have a lot that they can hold onto, but they can learn to write cursive and have beautiful cursive writing...and it's an art, it really is an art and we don't want to lose it," Henning explains.

The two say as long as they're able, they will keep cursive in the classroom.

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