5 Brain-Based Reasons to Teach Handwriting in School | Psychology Today

“With beginners, handwriting experience facilitates letter learning (James, 2010; Longcamp et al., 2005), and letter learning not only sets up the neural systems that underlie reading, writing, and spelling but it is a primary predictor of later reading success (James & Engelhardt, 2012; Piasta & Wagner, 2010). In addition, handwriting fluency frees the child’s mind for more complex composing skills for making meaning (Dinehart, 2015). Much of the current handwriting research demonstrates immediate gains and lasting benefits for academic achievement. Even in upper elementary and middle school, research has shown that learning to write in cursive improved spelling and composing skills (Berninger, 2015).”

Does Cursive Still Matter?

Cursive handwriting instruction began fizzling out as far back as the 1970s, according to a 2010 public schools report. The Common Core State Standards, a set of educational guidelines, requires students to learn keyboarding but not cursive handwriting. Some schools, especially those with limited budgets or low standardized test scores, are focusing strictly on state-mandatedContinue reading “Does Cursive Still Matter?”