Why is handwriting important – level 3

09-04-2024 15:00

In today’s digital era where screens and keyboards dominate, we often underestimate the importance of handwriting.

Experts say that handwriting plays a key role in cognitive development, memory retention, and academic performance. Why should children continue to practice writing? A study published in the National Library of Medicine discovered that handwriting contributes to functional brain development. Writing letters and words is particularly beneficial for young children’s brains compared to other forms of sensorimotor practice. Moreover, legible handwriting can lead to better grades, regardless of the content.

According to Krista Griffin, a professor of elementary education, writing helps in the connection between letters and sounds for children. Therefore, opting for pencil and paper over typing on a phone could be advantageous.

Difficult words: dominate (to be the most important person or thing), cognitive (related to thinking and reasoning), retention (the ability to keep or continue having something), sensorimotor (relating to both the sensory and motor functions of an organism).

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