Monday, November 26, 2012

Cursive- A New Sheriff in Town!

 Does Cursive Handwriting Need To Be Taught In A High Tech World?

According to this online article

"Today the Common Core State Standards allow each state to decide whether to include cursive handwriting in their curriculum. Given the choice more and more states have been choosing to eliminate cursive handwriting instruction from their schools. Some feel that teaching cursive is “old fashioned” and a waste of time. Others believe that it should continue to be taught. Regardless of your point of view, you should be concerned about the removal of handwriting from the curriculum because these changes are occurring without researching the possible consequences for the young learner. At the heart of the controversy is the lack of evidence regarding how the elimination of cursive handwriting will impact learning and education in general."

My school district chose to keep cursive handwriting in our school curriculum. I have taught cursive for 17 years! I had to search for new ideas and tools to keep my enthusiasm towards teaching it! Here is my 1st favorite find:
This App is on our 3 iPads. 

Description

Kids love learning to write cursive - especially when they can use shaving cream, paint, and jello! "Cursive Touch and Write" was developed by real classroom teachers, and recreates the fun and effective teaching strategy used in classrooms every day: learning writing with shaving cream, jello, finger paint, and more! Note: This is an introduction to cursive letter writing - children will practice INDIVIDUAL cursive letters to achieve mastery - then the app connects the letters for them, as can be seen in the screen shots. "Cursive Touch and Write" also allows you to create your own lists of names and words so that you can individualize the learning experience!
FEATURES:
✰Comes with 16 different writing textures: shaving cream, ketchup, lime gelatin, chocolate frosting, chalk, pencil, blue pen, lemon gelatin, chocolate pudding, syrup, grape jelly, whipped cream, pumpkin pie, red paint, and vanilla pudding!
✰Comes with 28 different writing papers, including 4 different line patterns children are most likely to find in real classrooms, food papers, animal papers, nature papers, and more!
✰Children can practice writing their own names and individualized word lists
✰Comes with the following word lists: ABC Countries of the World (and 1 City), 50 States, The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog, ABC Words, Palindromes, Alphabet Letters, Numbers – and of course you may add as many of your own lists as you like!
✰As children write, their actual letter formation is displayed next to a standard letter, so children can compare and work to improve their cursive
✰Brief reward at the end of each word reinforces learning and motivates children, without becoming a distraction
✰Created by real elementary teachers – based on best teaching practices! 






Here is my 2nd Favorite Find: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zaner-bloser-handwriting-cursive/id426939778?mt=8
This Cursive App is on our 30 iPod Touches. 




 Here is my 3rd favorite find: 
I purchased this awesome pack at TPT! 
http://gingersnapstreatsforteachers.blogspot.com/2012/05/cursive-corral-unit.html

I wanted to thank Ginger Snaps for inspiring me to become a NEW SHERIFF in Cursive Town! 
























Posters were made using Wanted App.

My Fourth Favorite Find:


Do you teach cursive?

3 comments:

  1. So cute! Thank you so much for the shout out!!

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  2. I was crossing my fingers that my district would stop teaching CURSIVE! When I did my lesson "HOOK" today- students became very excited and I found a new excitement too! Thanks to your Cursive Corral! Thank you TONS!! Do you have more cursive papers to purchase?

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  3. Thank you for sharing these apps! I teach cursive and I'm getting a couple iPod touches soon, so they will be perfect!

    -Lisa

    Stories from Room 114

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