The Language of the Hand

Our family’s focus before reading, writing, and arithmetic (!) is on the spoken word. I love to build language skills in children through the repetition of stories, songs, and verses in circle time gatherings.

In humanity’s evolution, spoken language developed first. Then written language emerged, originally through symbols (hieroglyphics). Once there was a written language, people learned to read.
We don’t plan to formally introduce writing until Sophia turns 6 years old, which according to Waldorf/Steiner philosophy is when a child comes into her body, consciousness changes and her connection to her world transforms. But, Sophia has been keen on learning to write her name so that she can personalize her paintings to her friends. So, we follow her lead. ✨

I’m an advocate for cursive writing, which is key in cognitive development as it uses sensation, movement, memory, control, thinking, and fine motor dexterity, in a way that keyboarding misses.

We’ve set a goal of learning how to read a few words by the time Sophia is 7 or 8, considered late by the mainstream system. I believe reading requires categorization and decoding skills, and children develop these skills at different ages. I trust that her reading skills will unfold naturally, given her positive relationship with both the spoken and written word.

Some questions I am reflecting on:

Does cursive writing belong in the archives, as many believe it does?

If our children are no longer learning to write in cursive, does this mean they will not be able to read?

Does keyboarding rob creativity and deep thinking?

How is writing really taught across disciplines in mainstream schooling, between the fill in the blank worksheets and the one sentence responses to textbook questions?

What if we are quicker when typing on a keyboard?

What are your thoughts?

Thank you for reading. Much love!

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