One of the most important parts of teaching reading and writing is the act of writing itself. Penmanship, cursive and typing put your student on the path of effective communication and prepare them for their future. But how do you start teaching kids handwriting and when? And is cursive important or passé? And just how  important is it to be able to touch type? All these questions and more are answered in today’s Happy Homeschooler Podcast, when Melody and Holly sit down and discuss everything you need to know about penmanship, cursive, and typing! From methods and curricula for teaching and sharing stories from their long homeschooling pasts, to all the surprising benefits of cursive, today’s episode will make every homeschooler a happy homeschooler!

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Why Bother with Cursive? – International Dyslexia Association (

Free Online Teaching and Writing Resources | Learning Without Tears (

D’Nealian Handwriting by Scott Foresman (

Italic Handwriting Series – Getty-Dubay Italic (

A Reason For Handwriting

30 Days of Spencerian Script Style Worksheets – Dawn Nicole (

Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

Learn to Type | Free Typing Tutor –

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