The physical act of writing is essential to success in the classroom and in life. As literate beings we need to know how to read and communicate using the written word. I still remember being in elementary school and filling pages and pages with evenly spaced, continuous circles and lines, in preparation for cursive writing. As an artistic kid, I rather enjoyed those assignments and still find them in my current day doodles.
Unfortunately, in many classrooms, cursive instruction is being replaced by keyboard use, and yet research shows that the physical act of writing actually helps kids process learning on a deeper cognitive level. Studies have also shown that kids write faster by hand and generate more ideas while writing. The sequential finger movements used in writing, activates regions of the brain used in memory and learning, while children who practice writing by hand demonstrates increased neural activity. So it seems those pages and pages of circles and lines were beneficial after all.
Gaining mastery of the physical act of writing builds a level of unconscious competence for learners. This competence means they have to spend less time thinking about writing, allowing them to focus on the content at hand. So regardless of what’s happening in the classroom, help build your child’s unconscious competence and do some writing at home with these 10 fun activities.
Stay tuned, Wednesday for my favorite activities that help your child develop better handwriting skills.
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