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Why Children Need Handwriting Development in Today’s Digital World

What is worse than bad handwriting? Bad handwriting with typos. In truth, it can’t get any worse. But for the sake of this guide, let’s stick to the script. It’s awful enough to get your assignment back and have your teacher tell you that your handwriting has to improve or else your grades may flunk — quite embarrassing!

There’s no need to throw tantrums. Teachers tend to be puzzled by the appearance of messy handwriting and wonder what in the tarnation is going on.  It even gets more fascinating that the child in question can perfectly read poorly written sentences.

But then, it’s not about just comprehending the ostensibly “cryptic” notes; it’s about injecting clarity and readability into the notes for the reader’s sake.

Identifying Handwriting Challenges

Let’s face the fact — we’ve all been there. My situation wasn’t any different. As a child, the only person who would consistently correct my sloppy writing was my mother, a teacher. Even at that, it took a great deal of effort. After all, penmanship was one of the hallmarks of a bright student, long before the introduction of digitization.

Even with regular writing engagement, developing such a skill was difficult. Without my mother’s input, it would’ve been nearly impossible to progress. This highlighted scenario demonstrates that paying close attention to a child’s handwriting is an essential approach to improving it. Here’s why:

Just like every muscle in your body needs to work when it is underdeveloped, every moving part needs to be exercised as well, including the hands. Writing becomes easier when the dominant writing hand is strong and the arm moves naturally.

Fast-Forward to the Digital Era

We now live in an age of immediate technology; laptops, tablets, and smartphones have become commonplace devices. Is it reasonable to attribute the ineffective use of handwriting in the classroom to such developments? No, and yes!

No, since handwriting is subjective and personal. If anything, technology should improve writing skills, not the opposite. Yes, because that is the unfortunate present situation in several schools across the world.

Nevertheless, children now have access to programs that will help them improve their cursive writing. They could, for example, read on on how to enhance their essays and even request unique academic writing services. However, this wasn’t the case back then.

As a kid in public school, I encountered the dreaded “Letterman Day,” which took place every six months. Students were ordered to sit at their desks in the morning and make copies of their notes and homework in long, formal calligraphy. It was painful, but worth the experience!

Why Good Handwriting Skills Are Evergreen

Not every child can have excellent penmanship skills. A child’s handwriting may range from sloppy to neat. While some write off the line and some scribble, others write beautifully. Handwriting does require careful, diligent practice and suggestively, kids between the ages of 4 and 10 need to focus on refining this skill.

“Why don’t we just focus on typing skills instead? Besides, technological devices perform almost anything and make life easier, compared to handwriting!” handwriting sceptics may protest. The fact remains that longhand comes with several advantages — even as we mostly engage our smartphones, tablets, and PCs in everyday use. Here are some merits worth considering:

  • Good handwriting skills are associated with increased creativity and verbalization.
  • Children who master certain proficiencies, such as cursive writing, exhibit other traits like discipline, attentiveness, and patience.
  • Reading skills are aided by quality writing.
  • When opposed to typing, longhand has no negative impact on the carpal bones.
  • A handwriting style is frequently used to assess the originality and quality of a written concept.
  • Children must know how to write to sign documents containing personal information.
  • Pencraft has a long and illustrious legacy in both history and culture.

Ideas on How to Make Penmanship Learning Fun

  • Encourage your child to write with a variety of non-toxic substances, such as salt, sand, shaving foam, and others.
  • Use some artwork or illustrations as a writing prompt.
  • Hire E-learning services that promote excellent writing.
  • Provide lessons that will aid pencil grip.
  • Promote gross motor skills by allowing your child to do freestyle writing movements.
  • Create handwriting journals to document the child’s progress at each writing stage.
  • Reward them when they complete a writing task successfully by giving them toffy, chocolate, snacks, and other favourites.
  • Allow them to write with a variety of crayons, markers and pencils (of many colours).
  • Have a “writing zone” inside the home where kids can sit and write anytime, and whenever they feel like it.
  • If your child is not really good at writing and needs a bit of extra attention, encourage him or her to practice by writing notes. Let the child keep the note, and then read it to you to improve writing.

The Bottom Line on Handwriting

Writing is a craft like any other, and there’s no denying that children get better with practice and time. Most handwriting programs are designed to produce consistent, readable scripts, which is critical to language development. Parents may support children’s early penmanship training, especially during “art time.”

This approach is constructive for hand skills and independence. Above all, it will help young children who are still developing fine motor skills and are unable to manipulate a pen in their hand or write consistently.


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