Let’s say you fell sick & had to visit the doctor. The doctor prescribed you medication, but you look down at the prescription and all of a sudden you struggle to get the names right even though you double-checked their names with the doctor - we’ve all been there. “Is this an ‘m’ or an ‘n’? Is this a ‘p’ or a ‘q’?”, doubts flood your mind. Unless you’re a pharmacist, you’re probably fated to remain baffled for a while.
As adults, we need our writing to be legible, pleasant to look at for countless functions ranging from having to write your colleague a quick birthday note to fill out an important bank form. Without legibility and speed, several of your tasks become harder than they need to be - if not for you, stand assured, they do for your colleagues, friends & family. So good handwriting clearly goes a long way!
While your handwriting can be repaired, irrespective of your age (yes, even when you're 50), the sooner you start, the better.
For children, good handwriting not only becomes an important life skill in the long run but also equals an added advantage in academics. We’ve all been the child who lost those 2 marks to poor handwriting - all because the teacher had to spend an extra 10-minutes figuring out what we were trying to say!
“But in this digital day & age, why is writing even important?”
The benefits of having good handwriting go far & beyond legibility.
Some well-known advantages of writing, instead of typing are:
1.Better memory & learning
A study titled “The pen is mightier than the keyboard” found that students who took handwritten notes over typed notes, were able to recall as well as reiterate the concepts taught to them in their own words, which demonstrates a deeper understanding of the concept. Whereas, students that chose to type their notes had a stunted understanding of the concept & thereby limited recall.
2,Treating Dyslexia & other learning disabilities
Simply put, Dyslexia is the disconnect between the language & auditory centres of the brain. When writing, cursive in particular, the brain attempts to connect the two centres by integrating various other centres of the brain: hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills & other memory, and brain functions. This aids the treatment of Dyslexia.
3.Improved academic performance & confidence
With consistent practice, better handwriting (especially cursive) can give the child a sense of achievement, encourage better learning & memory, offer more dexterity: all leading to better confidence & academic performance!
These are some of the most tangible & impactful advantages of choosing to write over type!
Messy handwriting is often caused by poor fine motor skills (the ability to use the small muscles in our hands and wrists for movement). Motor skills difficulties are often referred to as Developmental Coordination Disorder or DCD. When children start having problems with writing it does not always mean that they are careless or lazy. They are probably trying hard and need guided help. Messy handwriting could be an impediment for your child academically.
Some of the most commonly faced challenges by children in handwriting are are:
- Badly formed letters
- Difficulty placing letters and words on a page
- Inability to make correct sized letters
- Spacing of letters and words
- Right and firm grip on pencil/pen
- Keeping the paper in place while writing
- Difficulty in applying the correct amount of pressure while writing
- Inability to maintain the right posture and arm position
“I saw that bad handwriting should be regarded as a sign of imperfect education”
1. Creates an impression
Great handwriting always creates a strong impression - no matter how true or false it may be! It goes beyond the importance of legibility and gives the reader an impression of who you are as a person.
2. Extra Marks: The added advantage
It is a common practice among several schools, teachers, and examiners to reward additional marks to students with better handwriting. This stands true for school exams as well as several milestone examinations such as their Class 10 & 12 exams as well as competitive exams.
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We’ve all been there. As parents, we always seem to be at loggerheads with our kids when it comes to doing their homework on time, eating more veggies, or practicing to improve their handwriting! We can’t guarantee you the rest, but we can assure you that with The Trainer Mom, you no longer have to struggle to train them! Why? Our courses & practice workbooks are designed in such a way that they appeal to kids! Their practice workbook gradually gears up in difficulty. We recommend that the child practice for an hour, a day, allowing him/her to complete the course at their pace, without feeling too exhausted or pressured. The practice sentences in the workbook are also interesting snippets of culture, positive life lessons and thought-provoking quotes that educate the child while they practice.