Why is handwriting an important skill?
Created by Farida Bharmal Updated on Oct 04, 2019
Handwriting is one of the major concerns every mommy has. Child not willing to write or is a slow writer are some of the top concerns of a new age moms. Considering that we are living in the digital age – the emphasis on handwriting does seem out of place – but wait a minute – before you also feel – why should handwriting be given so much importance – read our blog by our proparent Farida Bharmal on why handwriting is an important skill. Farida shares why should you teach handwriting to your child and why is it still a crucial skill for your child. There was a time when so much emphasis was given on the written word, however, today with the digitalisation the world is moving away from the magic of pen and paper and creating words through impersonal posts and articles writen on digital platform. However, handwriting is still an important part of a student's life and your child still needs to write his or her paper with pencil or pen. So let's look at what is handwriting and why is it important.
What Is A Handwriting Skill?
Handwriting is not only a fine motor skill, but an important neuro-muscular activity as well. In this day and age where technology is predominant, I would like to bring to notice as to why Handwriting is an important skill.
Handwriting is a practice that involves activities of both the brain and the body. It has a number of benefits to be drawn and so it constitutes a significant place in the elementary education. It develops some of the very important skills in an individual.
What Are The Handwriting Skills You Need To Your Child?
Few of these skills are discussed as under-
- Vision: while practicing handwriting, an individual converts his thoughts into words. These thoughts are a reflection of one's education, understanding and knowledge. A good thinking ability develops a sound vision. An individual who has a good vision also has an added intellect, an identity among masses and increased performance in all activities (for example: studies, sports, co-curricular activities etc.)
- Retention: Researchers have proved that handwriting helps in understanding and remembering things for a longer period of time. Through handwriting, learning the language and subject becomes more convenient as all the information gets stored in the mind. This process is called retention of data. This retained data can then be recalled easily whenever in need (like in examinations)
- Communication: Handwriting is a form of written communication. An effective handwriting portrays a substantial influence on the reader. Not only this, handwriting also helps in attaining a high level fluency in verbal communication. No other method except handwriting can be as effective in increasing vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, way of writing and learning the language itself
- Balance: Handwriting requires a balance between the body movements and the activities of brain. This balance is achieved by mind and motor coordination in which the brain instructs to write and the body (specifically the hands) performs the action. Handwriting is therefore also referred to as brain writing. It is believed that that what we write comes from the conscious mind and how we write comes from the subconscious mind
- Emotion: Handwriting depicts the rationality of an individual. The handwriting evolves people into rational beings who are emotionally stable and can make effective decisions. These people have higher success ratios in their areas of participation. So even between the latest gadgets and technological instruments, handwriting finds an irreplaceable position in the lives of students. It is still a major part of the curriculum and almost 70% of school assignments are still submitted and accepted in ink
How Can You Teach Handwriting To Your Child?
While there are numerous ways to teach handwriting to your child, below mentioned five things are quite essential
- Grasp or hold on the pencil: The first and foremost rule of teaching handwriting to your child is how to hold a pencil. If the grip is right then the writing will be neat and legible
- Practice on lined paper: As your child is growing up you can make him or her practice on the ruled paper or a lined paper four lines for English writing and five lines with Hindi writing. The lines help in forming the alphabets with right precision thus giving a neat look to your child's writing
- Practice the optimum speed: Neat and legible writing doesn't mean that your child has to be a slow writer and that is where practice comes handy
- Ease the pressure: Some children have the habit of putting too much pressure while writing so much so that the words get imprinted on the next page as well. So teach your child to ease the pressure and yet write neatly
- Pattern making: The best way to teach all of the above is to practice on patterns – standing, sleeping and cursive lines, and circle. This entire practice will help your child in getting the right grip resulting in neat and legible handwriting
Why Is It Important To Have Good Handwriting?
Even in this age of technology and no paper age, it is important for your child to have good and legible handwriting because handwriting stimulates brain more effectively and is a signal of a complex/intricate cognitive development of your child. Handwriting is not mere penning down the words on the paper, handwriting is much more than that, it is an important growth parameter in your child where the child not only learns to write but also to connect the letters to create words and thus sentences.
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| Sep 13, 2017
Hi Jayshree Handwriting is a difficult neuro muscular activity and for a child who is 3 years of age, the prominent muscles which they are using are the arm muscles, I will suggest you give him coloring activities, big shapes to colour, at the same time where tracing is concerned plz give him bigger lines to trace then gradually decreasing to smaller ones. I am giving my insta link where I've posted the pic to help you understand exactly what I Mean. Laminate the sheet and use sketch pens, it will become very interesting for the child. Apart from that there are many fine motor activities which help the child get handwriting ready like beading threads, tear and stick, paint, trace on sand, play with clay to mention a few. Hope this helps. One more thing I would like to specify is that plz make the activity fun for the child rather than a task. https://www.instagram.com/p/BY-D8Wrh4km/