Improve Your Child's Handwriting

Handwriting is an important attribute in the learning and teaching process but most times neglected. This article is focsued on the relevance on improving your child's writing

The Importance of Handwriting

Handwriting, a neglected but very important skill in the teaching and learning process of education. Yesterday, we discussed on ‘Tips to consider in Common Entrance Exam Preparation’ while today we would be discussing on the skill Handwriting. The neglecting of such skill can be attributed to the increase of digital awareness  or  the lack of proper teaching at foundation level. However, on a second thought, why should the handwriting of a child be ignored when it is a way of learning and  a way of communication? If a Child cannot communicate his/her knowledge, will that be an expression of excellence?

I have met pupils and teens who are highly intelligent but cannot express their level of intelligence in form of writing. I was in this category in Secondary days, even though my writing is not perfect now but I made a deliberate effort after leaving secondary school to get a handwriting book to work on myself.

In this age and time, parents should not ignore this important skill of learning and communication. Handwriting helps activate the cognitive skills  and  help reading fluency of a child. It even helps the child in paying attention in class. It can be considered as important as the preparing for an exam because writing is one of the ways of expressing information received.  We would be learning some important reasons from the Real Educators Integrated Services http://realeducators1.blogspot.com/2018/12/8-reasons-we-must-teach-handwriting-in.html?m=1

Eight Reasons Why Handwriting is Still Relevant;

  1. Poor spelling among kids

Writing was one of the ways our spelling skill was improved. Through class dictation, we had the opportunity to pronounce and spell. With the advent of technology, children tend to depend on spell check when making notes through their mobile devices. This can play as a disruption to the spelling skill of a child. The dependency on the computer for writing is the same dependency for spelling.

  1. Handwriting is the foundation for every kid.

The basic form of Learning to write is one of the most important things that a child will learn which leads to the development of other attributes through learning. A Child that exhibits good handwriting skill develops  spelling, grammar and punctuation in the process developing the attribute of been a good writer in the future. Good writing also gives children a voice to share their ideas with the world.

  1. Develops motor skills

Handwriting requires a very different skill set from print writing. It involves using the hand muscles in a different way. Additionally, it activates a different part of the brain than regular writing does. At the age writing skill is taught, around 5 to 8 years old, these skills can be very beneficial in furthering motor skill development.

  1. Reinforces learning

Continuous writing helps to reinforce the learn and memorize letters. Learning cursive, helps students get another opportunity to fully comprehend the alphabet. It also gives students a clearer understanding of how letters are formed, which will improve their handwriting as well.

  1. Working with legal documents

Being comfortable with handwriting skills will guarantee that students will be confident when writing and signing legal documentation. A cursive signature is most commonly appreciated to endorse legal documents, accompanied by a printed version of their name too. Writing and signing checks is another reason for learning cursive. Cursive writing has historically been the standard style when writing authorized checks for payment. Students risk being confident and successful when working with basic legal documents if they don’t learn cursive writing.

  1. Helps students with disabilities

Students with learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia, can have a very hard time with writing in print because many of the letters look similar, particularly b and d. Hand written letters, however, look very different from print letters. This gives dyslexic students another option—an option that can decrease their dyslexic tendencies and make them more confident in their abilities.

  1. Cursive writing is a lot of art form

More and more school districts are cutting art from their budgets. This can be harmful to the full development of students. However, handwriting skills could be considered an art form all its own. It is one more way for students to develop the side of their brain that is not developed by basic reading and writing skills. The more diverse a teaching curriculum is, the better.

  1. Connects students to the past

Without being able to read cursive writing, students will undoubtedly be kept from many opportunities to read important documents. Think about it: so many historical documents are written in cursive. While some of these documents are readily available online in print form, not all of them are.

History has always been preserved through writings of the ancient, even though it may have changed in styles. Imagines a situation where writing was never used as a tool, our generations would have missed the value of historical information. Above, all beyond what type of writing skill, a child’s writing must be visible enough to communicate. Do not neglect the handwriting of your child, it is never too late.

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