Handwriting still matters
“Why handwriting still matters” is the title of an article by pediatrician P. Klass reproduced in the Globe and Mail, June 24, 2016, p. L5 – unfortunately locked so you may not be able to read it.
From the article, research shows that:
- handwriting engages the mind and helps children pay attention to written language
- there positive links between good handwriting and academic achievement
- handwriting is more than a motor skill; the brain connects the visual and language (unlike typing/keyboarding)
The author sums up by writing” we should be careful that the lure of the digital world doesn’t take away significant experiences that can have real impacts on children’s brains. Mastering handwriting…is a way of making written language your own”
The Professional Library has written several articles on handwriting/cursive , including Is Cursive a Lost Art (Judy A, librarian, author). Judy’s article included some references, here is another:
- Sevenson, N.C., & Just, C. (2014). In early education, why teach handwriting before keyboarding? Early Childhood Education Journal, 42(1), 49-56
TDSB teachers may ask for any of these articles by contacting the library at (416) 395-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Passwords to ebooks and journals http://bit.ly/PL-Passwords – remember to login using yur TDSB login, not your personal gmail.
Check it out!