Date posted: February 14, 2014
With so many ways to write a message electronically now, is handwriting a skill worth learning?
Writing by hand is still an important skill to learn. Among other things, learning to form letters by hand helps with learning shapes and letters, can help with expressing ideas, and develops fine motor skills. Recent research demonstrates that writing by hand engages the brain in learning. The sequential finger movements involved in writing activate regions of the brain involved in thinking, language and working memory. Just like other aspects of literacy, handwriting develops in stages related to a child’s development.
And, it’s not just children who benefit. Handwriting may benefit adults when they are learning a new symbol system, e.g. music, mathematics. And, good handwriting can make your ideas seem even better.
To learn more, click:
Handwriting in the 21st century? Research shows why handwriting belongs in today’s classroom
Handwriting milestones pre-kinder
Handwriting milestones 5-6
How handwriting trains the brain: forming letters is key to learning, memory, ideas
The importance of teaching handwriting
The many health perks of good handwriting