Every Parent Needs to Know!
|Each year, thousands of letters to Santa are neglected because of illegible handwriting.|
- Handwriting is considered one of the most complex skills human beings can accomplish.
- Children form more adult-like brain connections when writing by hand, less when using a keyboard.
- It’s a good goal for children to be comfortable using the mature, 3-finger tripod pencil grip by age 5 or 6.
- Classroom handwriting instruction in elementary school averages 5-10 minutes a week, with almost no instruction provided after third grade.
- 75% of elementary school teachers surveyed believed they weren’t adequately prepared to teach handwriting, according to a University of Maryland study.
- 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.
- About 30% of Occupational Therapists work in schools and spend the bulk of their time helping able-bodied children write legibly.
- George Carlin claimed that people are happy to admit they have bad handwriting, but will never admit to being a bad driver.
- 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.
- Santa only accepts handwritten letters.
Links for More Serious Reading:
How Handwriting Trains the Brain, WSJ
Watch How You Hold That Crayon, NYT
Dysgraphia: When Writing Hurts