Computers are omnipresent: at home, in schools, in the workplace, and practically every nook and corner of the world. Writing letters or any other thing is carried out by emails on computer. But can we say that there is no need for handwriting practice and that the art of handwriting is already dead?
Handwriting neglected today
Today, good handwriting is not quite the essential skill that it once was, as students at school increasingly type essays, send emails and SMS messages rather than write letters or answer on papers. Even jobs do not need anything written on papers since workplace memos usually only require a signature or even just initials. A recent survey shows that a number of people do not write anything with their pen and pen has become out of use. It is a grim fact that people are abandoning the pen in favor of the keyboard. Handwriting and calligraphy were taught at schools from ancient days.
It is really an alarming fact that people are turning to keyboards neglecting their handwriting skills, and calligraphy that has been a specialized field for many years is also affected much by the spread of tablets, smartphones and laptop keyboards.
Importance of handwriting
Even in the age of technology, in spite of all developments in computers, handwriting remains the primary tool of communication and knowledge assessment for students in the classroom. Researches show that writing is as fundamental to a child as reading. Good handwriting is important because it develops motor skills as well as the learning abilities. Defending the importance of handwriting, Kitty Burns Florey writes in Script and Scribble, “Like it or not, even in our machine-driven world, people still judge you by your handwriting.” Poor handwriting affects the academic performance and learning skills.
Graham and Harris have revealed that handwriting is critical to the production of creative and well-written text affecting both fluency and the quality of the composition. Studies state that illegible and poor handwriting also has secondary effects on school achievement and self-esteem.
Five keys to develop child’s handwriting
Development of handwriting is a fundamental skill is a child’s learning. Pam Allyn mentions in her work, “Your Child’s Writing” a few keys that can develop the writing skill of a child.
1) Build up word power
Learning vocabulary is very important in the early academic stage. As the child’s vocabulary grows, new words have to be retained in memory and practiced by writing. You can practice new words by creating a “word jar” with your child’s favorite words and making the child write them.
2) Identity of writing
The style of your child may change often just as her favorite color changes every minute. Expose your child to a variety of writing styles as she tries new ways of expressing herself on paper. Slowly, she can develop her own writing identity.
3) Writing time is sacred
Writing time should have its seriousness. It should never be underestimated or neglected. Rather, make writing time sacred and consistent.
4) Provide an ideal writing environment
An ideal writing environment is essential for practicing good writing. You should provide your aspiring writer a flat surface, good writing tools, good lighting and some inspiration.
5) Make writing skill a fun
Good handwriting requires good eye-hand coordination and strong fine motor skills.it can be encouraged by using fun crafts and games that help will strengthen eye-hand coordination.
Writing skill is equally important as reading. It has to be practiced to achieve the goals of education.