My DD is going into 2nd. She will be taught cursive at the end of 2nd grade. Beginning in 3rd grade, all written assignments must be in cursive.
I think there are some issues with DD's printing. She attended different schools in 1st and K which used different phonics and handwriting methods. I don't think handwriting was stressed in either school. DD does not write fast enough to keep up with the required written work in school. I think her speed is actually normal and the school expects too much but "it is what it is." She's also a perfectionist and will erase letters that she does not think are perfect. We are working on the latter.
I'm considering teaching her cursive this summer. The school, of course, has discouraged me teaching her this over the summer. I asked specifically if she would be allowed to do her assignments in cursive before the rest of the class learns it and the teacher did not say no (she didn't say yes either, though). The teacher is worried about the method but is willing to give me the font used in school. She says that children actually write slower when learning cursive.
I don't know if it is worth working on manuscript over the summer when she will be expected to write in cursive in less than a year. I also worry that the cursive instructions won't be ideal and I'll have to teach it to her anyway.
I suspect she will write faster in cursive. First, because most people write faster in cursive. Second, because I can teach her the proper method of forming letters which is a problem with her printing. Helping her to write faster in 2nd will help her to complete her writing assignments and I worry that DD's confidence.
Did any of you teach your children to write in cursive at home? If so, was it a struggle? Did your children write faster or slower after learning cursive?