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6 Benefits of Learning Handwriting in School

by Erin Dower

Is handwriting becoming a lost art? The new Common Core Standards adopted by most states in the U.S. make teaching cursive optional and up to individual states. The rise of technology in and out of the classroom means fewer kids are writing by hand in general. But many psychologists and education experts argue that handwriting — both in print and cursive — is still a highly valuable skill. Read on to learn some of the benefits of putting pen to paper!

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Preparation for Early Literacy


A 2012 study led by a psychologist at Indiana University found that 5-year-olds stimulated key parts of their brain needed for reading when they were first learning to write. The children were shown a letter and asked to reproduce it either by tracing it on a page with a dotted outline, drawing/writing it on blank paper, or typing it on a computer. Scans of the children's brains showed that the act of drawing or writing on blank paper activated parts of the brain that adults use when reading and writing, while tracing or typing letters showed significantly weaker stimulation.

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