Handwriting is not as old-fashioned as you think! Certainly keyboarding is an important skill, as technology has become a part of our everyday lives. But, did you know that writing by hand, though slower than typing, has benefits over typing?
Multiple studies have shown that children learn and remember more when they write by hand (versus typing on a keyboard or other electronic device). Early literacy skills such as spelling, word recognition, phonemic awareness, meaning, language, letter names, idea generation, and the actual reading of words are all facilitated by handwriting. Handwriting practice also increases brain activation to facilitate performance across all academic subjects, provides a foundation for higher-order skills, and influences language and critical thinking.
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