Depending on the preferred method of teaching, children are introduced to cursive writing concepts around the age of seven after learning to write in print. Between second and fourth grade, children are typically taught how to write in cursive and have a firm grasp on the conventions of handwriting.
Some Montessori-style classrooms promote teaching cursive writing before print because it is easier for young children to learn. Cursive writing can help students learn how to blend sounds within words and understand the directionality of language (left to right and beginning to end). It also reinforces proper spacing between letters. Learning cursive improves hand-eye coordination and trains the brain to function more effectively in visual scanning.