New research has revealed that that the act of writing and using your hand to grip and move the pencil or pen can be very good for ones academic success, good for your brain activity and can hone ones fine motor skills.
With all the new gadgets that kids have at their disposition and the texting, typing and tapping involved, it is easy for them to pay less and less attention to actually writing and this can be detrimental to their overall health and performance in school.
Children must pay careful attention not only to their handwriting activities but should also practice them often. The thing is that handwriting can affect in the way a kid brains develops and learns. In one study researchers used neuroimaging scans to measure the brain activity in pre kinder students who were shown various letters. After only four weeks there was vast improvement in the kids who practiced their handwriting and it showed that it was similar to the brain activity of an adult. This exercise also improved letter recognition in children. This is so very important because good handwriting practices can signify better grades as most teachers will evaluate a paper based on the neatness of the handwriting and those with neat handwriting usually get a higher grade than those with bad handwriting. It was also found that students in 4th through 6th grade wrote better composed essays, wrote with more vocabulary and more complete sentences when a pen was used in their writing chores.
Forming letters naturally by hand most certainly affects our brain in a good way and much better than by typing. Handwriting can also improve your memory as you will remember better what you wrote down instead of memorizing it and will improve your confidence as well as the more we practice a chosen skill like handwriting the more powerful the motor pathways will become until the chosen skill becomes more automatic.
Imagine a well walked path in a grassy knoll, the more it is used the deeper the pathway becomes, and so it is with our handwriting as we continually practice and develop a “groove” in our motor pathways to our brains, the more we use it the better you will get. Once that is done then the student can focus on the material being taught instead of focusing on his or her handwriting and then its on to better grades and report cards.