I’m so excited to announce our first March Break Children’s Handwriting and Cursive Writing Camp, along with a bonus optional Calligraphy Class at the end of it.
March Break Cursive Writing Camp in Toronto
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Cursive Writing Camp with Michele Nidenoff, $165
10 am to 11:15 am
|Calligraphy Class with Mark Lurz, $65
10 am to 12 pm
If you sign up for both at once, you save $10 off the total cost. All supplies provided, children ages 8+.
For the four-day cursive writing camp, Michele Nidenoff, one of our calligraphy teachers, will be working with students to teach the basics of forming cursive letters. Everything from posture and grip, to the slant and consistency of letters, and how to form and join different combinations, this four day intensive course is designed to give your children a very solid foundation to establish life-long penmanship.
On Friday, Mark Lurz, head of the Calligraphic Arts Guild of Toronto, will be teaching an introduction to calligraphy class for children! This is for kids who want to take it to the next level, and are ready to learn how to make beautiful, calligraphic letters beyond just cursive writing.
You do not need to attend the March Break Cursive Writing Camp to attend the Children’s Calligraphy Class on Friday – you can sign up for either one, or both! If you sign up for both, though, you save $10. You can register online, over the phone (416 799 5935), or in the shop. You can always call or email as well if you have any questions.
We’ll have all supplies necessary, as well as nut-free treats and juice for break. Space is limited.
There are all sorts of reasons why it’s advantageous for kids to learn cursive writing, including, but not limited to:
- When cursive is mastered, it’s faster and easier to write in cursive than it is in print.
- Most private schools are continuing to require learning cursive writing, and as public schools begin to lessen their focus on it, in the workplace, cursive writing may become a marker for a certain type of education.
- Studies are showing that in class, taking notes by hand is more effective than typing.
- Students who have good penmanship often have more confidence in how and how much they write, so in school, they focus more on learning than on the process of physically writing.
- Studies are showing that there is link between creativity and writing by hand.
- It can be fun! Just like some children may enjoy drawing, some children may enjoy writing, and this is a way to give them structure to learn the skill properly.
You can bet I am expecting Caleb to learn how to write cursive. In fact, I used to be a bit perplexed when people would ask if Caleb was going to learn how to write in cursive – it was a bit of an assumed fact. I think it’s a skill that can be so easily learned with some focus and practice, just like I would want Caleb to know how to ride a bicycle or do mental math in his head or how to cook. Nothing fancy or any tricks unless he’s really interested, but basic life skills 🙂
Please feel free to pass this onto anyone you know who might be interested in a fun camp for their kids in the morning during March break, or who might be interested in their children getting a solid foundation in handwriting! 🙂