Should my child write in cursive?

Should my child write in cursive?

Learners should write in cursive up until Grade 6, and should start writing in pen (rather than pencil) from Grade 4.  

It is important to learn cursive writing for a couple of reasons, the most prominent of these include that cursive stimulates different parts of the brain, assists in developing fine motor skills and assists learners with learning difficulties, especially in distinguishing b- and d- sounds, because these letters look visually different in cursive writing compared to print. 

In Grade 7, learners can choose whether they would prefer to write in cursive or in print. 

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