Handwriting Part 1: How it Relates to Reading
Plus Simple Solutions for Poor Handwriting
by Nora Chahbazi
When I first speak to parents and teachers about handwriting, the general consensus is that it’s a bit antiquated and there isn’t much point to the instruction. This isn’t everyone, mind you, but the majority. I'd like to address why handwriting is crucial and how it connects with reading.
It turns out, proper handwriting grip and letter formation play a big role in being an effective reader. There is a lot of good research out there on the subject, but one of the most comprehensive and effective sources – in my opinion – is Peterson Handwriting.
Correct letter formation (top to bottom, left to right)
Faster writing fluency – which can positively impact reading fluency
Increased attention span
Improved impulse control
Proper sequencing (doing tasks in correct order)
Handwriting that looks good and is easy to read
Learn more about Peterson Handwriting and what you can do to help improve your student’s handwriting in the following video:
If you’re wondering what Peterson Handwriting instruction looks like with students, click here for a short video of handwriting corrections during EBLI instruction with several different students.
I’ve been fortunate to get to know Rand Nelson from Peterson Handwriting over the past several years and we interact regularly. He is passionate about handwriting and the benefits for children who are taught how to write correctly. In Part 2 of our handwriting series, you’ll hear from him directly. He will expand upon why handwriting is important and share his wealth of knowledge on the subject plus how you can predict children's reading ability by handwriting speed. He'll also talk about his own grandchildren using Peterson Handwriting in the EBLI apps.
We’d also love to hear from you about your handwriting experiences with your child(ren) and/or students in the comments section below.
- Have you or someone you know used the EBLI apps and done the handwriting?
- Have you taught Peterson Handwriting in your class?
- Has your child been taught handwriting at OOPRC?
- What changes have you noticed?
Also please share any questions you may have or would like to see addressed by Rand in our next blog post.
Do you want to learn even more about handwriting? Click here for a detailed webinar I did on handwriting and why it’s important. It offers a sneak peek into the lifetime instructional support (through the online EBLI Member’s Area) that is provided with EBLI training.
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