Benefits of learning joined-up handwriting

Is it important for young generations to learn how to join up their handwriting, especially in the age of iPhones and pads? I’m sure this question has crossed many pupils’ parents’ and teachers’ minds.

Evidence is mounting that putting pen to paper has benefits that typing cannot replace. – CursiveLogic

Benefits of Joined-up Handwriting


Is there a difference between cursive and joined-up? According to Wikipedia, cursive is any style of penmanship in which some characters are written joined together in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster. Formal cursive is generally joined, but casual cursive (joined-up) is a combination of joins and pen lifts. So basically it is the same thing, the only difference is one joins up all the letters and the latter has some lifts of the pen.


According to neurologist William Klemm, the neurological benefits of writing by hand are compounded with cursive writing.  He states that cursive writing, compared to printing, is even more beneficial because the movement tasks are more demanding, the letters are less stereotypical.  Diane Montgomery posits that the connected letters and fluid motion of cursive handwriting are especially beneficial to students with disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Brain imaging studies show that cursive activates areas of the brain that do not participate in keyboarding.


Researchers Steve Graham and Tanya Santangelo found that teaching handwriting is strongly correlated to the improvement in the quality of writing, not just the legibility of the handwriting, but the quality of the composition. Fluent handwriting allows the student to freely concentrate on higher level skills needed for good writing and to write at a much faster speed.

Do you think handwriting should have a slot in the taught curriculum?

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni



2 comments on “Benefits of learning joined-up handwriting”
  1. Valerie Weil says:

    Thank you for your article. The Campaign for Cursive movement has been trying to get the word out about all the benefits of handwriting. It does not matter which penmanship program, but it does matter that handwriting education teaches our children more than just connecting letters: It teaches them how to hold a pencil properly, how to sign their name, how to follow the rules of the page for clear communications, how to spell and punctuate, how to manage time and clarity, how to get along with others by connecting. It is a physical process of seeing immediate results of pen stroke on paper; and mental processes for the planning and execution of self expression. And, because this is kinetic, they learn more by doing using cursive in ALL classes, and they remember more!

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    1. Thanks so much for your input! I totally agree! Every year class teachers witness children’s fine motor control skills deteriorating and their penmanship weakening. This surely has an effect on their mental processes like you rightly highlight. Unfortunately, curriculum time constraints and a tech surrounded environment leaves less time for such teaching.


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