What Does The Research Say?

Pupils ‘shamed online over bad handwriting’

-The Telegraph, UK
 Oct 1 , 2015

Children’s handwriting has deteriorated to such an extent in recent years that pupils are being subjected to online abuse and bullying, a leading expert has warned..”


Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Brain in Kids

-KQED News
 Oct 1 , 2015

“Don’t ever succumb to the idea that it’s going to develop out of something, or that it’s a disease,” she recalled telling teachers. “Dyslexia is a different brain organization that needs different teaching methods. It is never the fault of the child, but rather the responsibility of us who teach to find methods that work for that child.”


How Handwriting Sharpens Your Mind

-Huffington Post
 Sept 28 , 2015

“The earliest forms of writing date from approximately 5,000 years ago. Throughout our history, written communication has played a central role in the dissemination of culture and concepts. Our social brain has fine-tuned this motor skill to be much more than a simple hand gesture. Yet in the past two decades, we’ve seen a tremendous shift in our classrooms from the pen-and-paper to digital. Technology has certainly paved the way for education to reach the farthest corners of the globe, but as we relegate cursive handwriting to the first few years of schooling, are we losing anything?”


Think you don’t need handwriting in the modern world? You may want to think again

-Australian Yahoo News
 Sept 28 , 2015

“Think you don’t need handwriting in a modern world? You may want to think twice about ditching the pen and paper.  An Australian brain expert has found there are plenty of reasons why the old fashioned way shouldn’t be made redundant – Handwriting, in particular cursive, enables people to retain knowledge at a higher level..”


20th Anniversary of August is National Children’s Vision and Learning Month: Eye Coordination Problems Can Make Words “Hop Like Frogs”

 Aug 4 , 2015

“With many children going back to school in August, now is the perfect time to focus on the critical link between vision and learning…..”


Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

-New York Times
 July 6 , 2015

“Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children …..”


Author supports Cursive Writing in Schools

-Twinsburg Bulletin
 July 1 , 2015

“In today’s digital age, where people are increasingly communicating by computer and Smartphone, it’s encouraging to see Ohio Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) recognize the importance of learning handwriting and cursive…”


How to Solve Letter Reversal Problems

-All About Learning Press
 June 1 , 2015

“Most of the letters of the alphabet have unique shapes, so no matter which way you turn them, they can’t be confused with any others. For example, the letter m looks quite different from the letter x, and f is not likely to be confused with z.

There are a few notorious troublemakers….”


Teaching cursive writing should be a signature course

-The Blade
 Oct 4 , 2014

“Whether cursive handwriting in schools should be retained or retired is not one of the great moral dilemmas of our time. But it is a generational issue receiving fresh attention in public education because of the new Common Core standards.”


Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children’s Executive Functioning

-Education Week
 July 2 , 2014

“When children spend more time in structured activities, they get worse at working toward goals, making decisions, and regulating their behavior, according to a new study…”

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12 Steps to Smarter School Accommodations

-ADDitude: Strategies and Support for ADHD and LD

This is a great step-by-step outline from documenting the warning signs all the way through the testing process and creative an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or a 504 Accommodation plan.

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Hand-Wringing Over Handwriting

-Pacific Standard
 July 14 , 2014

“The truth for many of these students is that no one ever taught them cursive (let alone something like shorthand), and note-taking is thereby all the slower, even without the comparison to typing. But the problem is of much wider ambit.

Dysgraphia—genetically determined—already slows development in certain children it affects, especially the development of memory-skills; meanwhile we are speedily removing the expectation that non-dysgraphic children will receive any practical instruction in a fairly delicate motor skill. The resulting developmental deficiencies can mimic the dysgraphic symptom model, and cognitive scientists are building a consensus that this failure of conditioning will probably hold kids back.”

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

-New York Times
 June 2, 2014

“Psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.”

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How Handwriting Trains the Brain: Forming Letters is the Key to Learning, Memory, Ideas

-Wall Street Journal
October 5. 2010

Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development.

Even legible handwriting that’s messy can have its own ramifications, says Steve Graham, professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He cites several studies indicating that good handwriting can take a generic classroom test score from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile, while bad penmanship could tank it to the 16th. “There is a reader effect that is insidious,” Dr. Graham says. “People judge the quality of your ideas based on your handwriting.”

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The Many Health Perks of Good Handwriting: Not Only Does it Help the Brain Develop, It Can Also Improve Grades and Confidence

-Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2011

Emerging research shows that handwriting increases brain activity, hones fine motor skills, and can predict a child’s academic success in ways that keyboarding can’t.

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In Digital Age, Does Handwriting Still Matter?

-Wall Street Journal
October 4, 2010

Looked at your child’s handwriting lately (or your own) and thought it could use some improvement? Then did you wonder: Does it even matter in this age of digital correspondence? Turns out, it may.

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How Writing By Hand Makes Kids Smarter

-The Week
October 6, 2010

Younger Americans are typing or texting more and writing less, even in school — and that’s a problem when it comes to brain development.

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Cursive Not Forgotten: Teachers Say it Improves Skills

-Columbia Daily Tribune
May 28, 2011

Janet Tilley, the district’s language arts coordinator, said although skills such as typing are important, it’s key for teachers to spend time on fluency in handwriting as well.

“We have not abandoned handwriting because of the research that proves its importance in the development of fine motor skills and in the cognitive processes needed for composition,” Tilley wrote in an email.

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Creating Better Readers and Writers: The Importance of Direct, Systematic Spelling and Handwriting Instruction in Improving Academic Performance.

-A research white paper by J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., and Steve Graham, Ed.D., re-posted with permission from Saperstein Associates
Fall 2010

Handwriting wires the brain for literacy.  Solid familiarity with the visual shapes of individual letters is an absolute prerequisite for learning to read. Writing aids in letter recognition, the most reliable predictor of future reading success.

Learning to write by hand plays a key role in developing literacy, and handwriting skills remain crucial for success throughout school. The mental processes involved in handwriting are connected to other important learning functions, such as storing information in memory, retrieving information, manipulating letters, and linking them to sounds.

A small investment in direct, explicit spelling and handwriting instruction can prevent years of frustration for students, teachers, and parents, and return considerable cost savings by reducing the need for later intervention.

Through this carefully planned, explicit handwriting instruction, students increase reading comprehension and develop legible and fluent handwriting. As students learn to recognize and reproduce letters in words quickly and effortlessly, their minds are free to concentrate on meaning. This allows them to generate, organize, and express ideas more effectively.

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For Kids, Pen’s Mightier Than Keyboard

October 11, 2009

Children with and without handwriting disabilities were able to write more—and more quickly—when using a pen rather than a keyboard to compose essays, according to new research.

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