Handwriting is a hot topic in education. Many schools have abandoned handwriting because in their view, it’s a waste of instructional time due to the decline for the need to hand write anything. While it’s true that I do spend more of my time at a keyboard than I do with a pen these days, I believe that handwriting is a vital skill that kids need to learn and master. That’s why I’m joining BIC on their mission to save handwriting and “Fight for Your Write.”
One of the things I love about the charter school my kids attend is that they strongly believe in handwriting. My kids write every single day in school. Over the summer they both brought home journals they’d begun at school with instructions to fill it up over the summer. Our school uses an integrative program that teaches spelling, reading, and writing at the same time. It’s amazing!
So why is handwriting so important? Handwriting engages 14 different abilities including visual focus, mental attention, spatial perception, and eye-hand coordination, just to name a few. Writing also helps improve reading skills, encourages creativity, sharpens critical thinking, and improves cognitive development. Experts recommend that at least 15 minutes of handwriting a day for students. My kids do more than that in school, but when school isn’t in session, I like to keep them writing. It can be tricky at first, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help encourage handwriting.
There’s a big push for removing chairs from classrooms and letting kids stand while they work. I have found that when my kids are just starting school, it’s hard to sit. So I let them stand to do homework. My son is starting 1st grade this year and he prefers to stand and write. My daughter is heading to 3rd grade and she likes to sit. Either way, I don’t really care as long as they are writing.
Learning to write is hard work and most kids really want to avoid hard work. One of my favorite tricks to get a new learner writing is shopping lists. They love to help write a grocery list and then go shop from it. My son wrote this grocery list for me of eggs, milk, bacon and “chocolate” for chocolate milk. They may try to add a few things to your list, but I love that he sounded it out and wrote it himself.
As kids get older and better at writing, I have found that journals are great for getting them to write. I gave my daughter this journal with colorful pens on a recent road trip. She spent 6 hours in the car and wrote whenever we stopped. Not only does this help get in practice, but you also get a memory book to keep for them when they are older.
Will you join BIC and Fight for Your Write? Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com and sign the pledge, then share the badge to tell your riends to do the same to support the cause! Plus, tell them how they can WIN a $1,200 BIC® Prize Pack to help them write more at home. No Purchase Necessary, U.S. only, 18+. Ends 09/14/15. For details and full rules visit www.BICFightForYourWrite.com.
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