Handwriting matters, especially to young visual learners. With the increase in keyboards, handwriting can seem less and less important, but that is false. There are significant benefits to writing by hand; the better visual students write the better they learn. Visual learners can struggle to keep up with what’s being said in the classroom because it takes them a long time to write notes, so the better they write the more they can keep up with what they’re supposed to be learning. Regular practice helps young writers develop mastery and gain a level of unconscious competency that allows them to focus on their classroom work.
If good handwriting is so important, it seems nature would have made it easy for visual learners to write well. It should be natural. Even easy. But it’s not. The physical act of writing is slow, cumbersome and frustrating because writing is about words, letters and linear thinking, quite the opposite of the pictures and movies running through visual kids minds. Visual thinking is fast, rich and multi-dimensional. When it comes time to write, visual learners get bogged down by the slow speed of writing… they just don’t want to, and when they do, their technique can leave much to be desired.
So knowing how important good handwriting is, what can you do to help?
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