Right after Christmas Break we began the "Cursive Club" in Grade 2 and 3. The 4 Grade Twos from Ms. Wright's classroom joined our class every day in January and February for 30 minute lessons and practice on formation of the cursive letters.
Here is a post from The Current on CBC Radio. CTV News had a story on cursive last year as well.
Here is a very thorough document from Prince Edward Island Education all about the teaching of printing and cursive.
I think giving lots of room to write and not expecting many words on a line is key at the beginning. Letting them trace over their pencil work with a Sharpie marker makes it stand out and look more impressive too. Encouraging them to write their own words as well as copying models are both valuable. We have apps on our IPads that make practicing handwriting fun.
The all time favourite way for my class to practice cursive is in shaving cream on the tables! Who wouldn't love to do that? We'd love to hear your comments about cursive.