person’s handwriting is a reflection of a person’s personality. A lot can be understood and said about a person by simply looking at his handwriting. Paragraphs which are sloppily written and where there are incessant errors in spelling showcase the indolent nature of a person who in real life is sluggish and idle.
It's better for learning
It makes you a better writer
It will prevent you from being distracted
It keeps your brain sharp as you get older
1. Good handwriting skills lead to stronger academic performance.d
Research has proven that there is a positive correlation between better handwriting skills and increased academic performance in reading and writing. A study published in the Journal of Early Childhood Education and Development looked at 1,000 students when they were in pre-K and then later in second grade. They found that pre-K students with good fine motor skills—from handwriting instruction and practice—outperform their peers on both reading and math by second grade.
2. Using pen and paper boosts memory.
You probably know this one is true just from your own personal experience. When we write something down, it tends to resonate better in our brains. Researchers have confirmed this time and time again. “Longhand note takers engage in more cognitive processing than laptop note takers, thus selecting more important information to include in their notes, which enables them to study this content more efficiently,” says a study published in Psychological Science. So whether kids are in third grade or 10th grade, taking the time to write something down in a neat and tidy way can help them remember it!.
3. Handwritten correspondence is more meaningful.
You know those handmade cards, poems and other mementos you’re planning to make in your classroom this year? If your students have good handwriting, these gifts will be even more special and meaningful. Plus, it’s always nice when parents can actually read the card their dear child wrote!
4. Writing is part of our daily lives.
Even though we live in a digital world, most of us still write in some way every single day. We keep notes in meetings, we jot down reminders to ourselves and we leave messages for others. As a teacher, you know how the little words of encouragement you put on top of a student’s paper can be very personal and meaningful.
5. Good handwriting helps kids focus.
Researchers have stated time and time again that you can’t underestimate the value of those “other” skills—that is, the ones that don’t show up on a formal test. Fine motor skills (especially through handwriting) are definitely included in those skills, as cited in a 2012 study in the journal Child Development. They write, “handwriting supports executive function by engaging a child’s attention and developing her ability to focus.”
6. The value of handwriting goes beyond elementary school.
It’s not just about dotting those i vowels and crossing all those t consonants in grade school. Carol Christensen is a cognitive psychologist, and she has studied the impact of handwriting for years. She says that fluency in handwriting is strongly related to the quality and quantity of students.
7. Your students could win big in the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest!
The National Handwriting Contest is an excellent excuse to get your students to brush up on their handwriting, both print and cursive. There’s even a category for special needs students