What Are the Benefits of Handwriting?

- "How" we write matters probably as much as "what" we write. According to psychologists and neuroscientists, cursive writing should not be considered an obsolete and useless skill. Recent research indicates that there is a connection between handwriting and broader educational development. In learning to write by hand, not only do children learn to read better and faster, but they create more ideas and understand information better. 

- Through a study observing children in grade two to five, Virginia Berninger, a psychologist at the University of Washington, discovered that writing by hand or on a keyboard are linked to specific and independent brain patterns. Through handwriting, kids not only constantly produced more words more quickly than they did on a keyboard, but also generated more ideas.

 

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