Today on the CBC program “Q” there was an interview with Gwendolyn Bounds about penmanship.
She is a journalist who has researched this topic and written a number of articles in the Wall Street Journal.
She made these points:
1. Writing by hand helps you to remember what you need to remember.
2. Adults who are learning a new language with a different script (font) learn better if they learn to make the new letters and write the new words.
3. Students who write essays by hand will write more, will write faster and will use more unique ideas.
4. Children who learn to print or write by hand rather than just looking and typing, develop more brain connections in cognitive areas in thinking, language and memory, growing brains more “adult”, than those of children who just learned to keyboard.
5. Handwriting can indicate neural disorders, too.
6. Steve Graham, professor of education at Vanderbilt University, says that good handwriting can take a marking score from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile, while bad handwriting can tank it to the 16th percentile. He notes that people judge the quality of your ideas by your handwriting.
What can you do?
Buy my booklets on penmanship offering printing, the traditional cursive and the Barchowsly Fluent Hand http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Susan-Grigor/Products
Buy Nan Barchowsky’s new method called the Barchowsky Fluent Hand http://www.bfhhandwriting.com/
Buy a “WritePad” for your iPnone
“abc PocketPhonics” for your child.