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Gena SuarezHey Mama,


It’s been a busy and stressful couple of weeks at our house, so I’m going to skip writing about this week’s topic and focus on some encouragement:

I want to remind you that for as much as you love your own precious children, God loves you even more than that. You cannot begin to fathom his great love and the delight he holds for you. So every time you begin to doubt your worth, or feel insecure, stop and look at your kids’ faces. Are they insecure about your love for them? Do they doubt their own worth in the presence of your love and care for them? Of course not. Mama you know they are strong in body and mind because of how you have cared for and loved them all the days of their lives. They are secure and they know it. Why do you think they go running to you every time they fall down, both literally and figuratively? Mama makes it better. They are strong in that knowledge.

How about you, Mama? Are you not loved far more by your great God and Savior? He loves with a perfect love. And He directs that love straight to your heart. Don’t you dare doubt you are cared for. Put away any thoughts that you are alone. If your kids are secure in the imperfect love you give them, how much more secure and strong should you be in the Perfect One’s loving embrace?

His hand is on your head. He will never leave you. Just as you won’t abandon your children, He won’t leave His alone either. Lift your eyes up to Him who saves you. And accept freely that you are okay today. His hand is on your head.


~ gena


Why Teach Cursive Writing?

By Howard Brinkman

Publisher, Write with WORLD

Should you teach cursive handwriting? Some people believe that cursive handwriting is outdated, and most adults develop a personal mix of cursive and printing anyway. Other people believe that teaching cursive handwriting is important for conveying ideas legibly, and because it’s good for improving fine motor skills and brain development.

The debate about teaching cursive handwriting spiraled to national levels when the Common Core State Standards excluded penmanship classes. That doesn’t preclude schools (or homeschoolers) from teaching it though.

Why are schools erasing cursive?


If you look at penmanship narrowly as a means of conveying words, you might conclude that typing and texting are more practical today. Plus, teaching time is weighted toward subjects included in standardized tests. Ironically, those tests involve handwritten sections, and some studies show that neat, legible handwriting earns higher scores. And then there’s the money. Many younger teachers never learned cursive or how to teach it. If penmanship were required, schools may have to pay for additional teacher training.

Why teach cursive in your homeschool?

Beyond conveying words, cursive writing’s sequential movements activate large areas in the brain that involve thinking, language and memory. Keystrokes don’t do that. Tests among second, fourth and sixth-graders showed them composing better and faster handwritten essays than when typing them. And penmanship’s fluid movements are a way to improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.


Sure, teach your kids to type. But many parents see cursive or other handwriting methods as a way to help develop their children’s minds so they have ideas worth conveying! Penmanship isn’t the only way to encourage brain development. But it also yields a handy skill for self-expression, it’s advantageous on written exams, and it’s a practical way to capture thoughts, make notes or convey instructions at any moment. No batteries required.

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If you want your students to think clearly, write powerfully, and stand out in the real world of college and career, try Write with WORLD.

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