Handwriting and literacy

Thus, it is of utmost importance that educators and therapists who work with those struggling to gain competency in their literacy skills not make assumptions. For instance, while children are practicing writing a given letter, they can also be saying the sound the letter makes. While some children naturally develop the ability to hold a pencil with a perfect tripod grasp, they do not naturally develop the ability to know what to do with that pencil once they are holding it.

Using lined paper is helpful, as is giving students a variety of visual aids: arrow cues for stroke direction, dots for starting points, dotted letters for tracing, etc. This reinforces the left to right visual tracking that is required for reading. The results of the model of compositional fluency showed that the relationship with handwriting and spelling were significant in the primary grades but in the junior grades only the relationship with handwriting was significant.

Mistakes were tough to fix and revisions hard to make.

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This memory center allows writing to become an automatic motor response, as stated above. Download free handwriting toolslike bold line paper and mazes for tracing.

Is there a connection between handwriting and literacy? They argue that if the students are permitted to avoid handwriting then a self-perpetuating cycle is created in which poor handwriting breeds poor handwriting through lack of practice.

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The Case for Handwriting