NEW CASTLE —
Mohawk second-graders also learn to write in the cursive style, spending 15 minutes each day practicing, said assistant elementary principal George Sperdute.
This system continues into third grade. Students in grades four through six practice writing skills only 10 minutes per day, but it is incorporated into spelling and writing assignments.
He said students are not graded on their efforts, “but they must know how to read cursive and how to sign their names.”
Keyboarding, on the other hand, is introduced in kindergarten. The onset of iPads and touch screens in the classroom has made even pre-kindergartners fluent in high tech.
Cursive writing is a part of the curriculum in the Wilmington district, according to elementary principal Kenneth Jewell.
“We begin teaching it in grade two and build on the basics,” he said.
“I don’t see us getting rid of it anytime soon.”
Attempts to reach the Laurel school district were unsuccessful.