October 17, 2013

10 Handwriting Facts

Every Parent Needs to Know!
Each year, thousands of letters to Santa are neglected because of illegible handwriting.

  1. Handwriting is considered one of the most complex skills human beings can accomplish.
  2. Children form more adult-like brain connections when writing by hand, less when using a keyboard.
  3. It’s a good goal for children to be comfortable using the mature, 3-finger tripod pencil grip by age 5 or 6.
  4. Classroom handwriting instruction in elementary school averages 5-10 minutes a week, with almost no instruction provided after third grade.
  5. 75% of elementary school teachers surveyed believed they weren’t adequately prepared to teach handwriting, according to a University of Maryland study.
  6. George Washington had excellent handwriting and practiced copying the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior In Company and Conversation, 110 rules of good behavior and manners.
  7. About 30% of Occupational Therapists work in schools and spend the bulk of their time helping able-bodied children write legibly.
  8. George Carlin claimed that people are happy to admit they have bad handwriting, but will never admit to being a bad driver.
  9. Boys make up 75% of the children with Dysgraphia, a relatively common neurological disorder in which a person has a difficulty with spelling, poor handwriting, and expressing thoughts in writing.
  10. Santa only accepts handwritten letters. 
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