Good handwriting and good grades: FIU researcher finds new link
Frank Jenson from Binary Labs asked us to share this video clip. We were happy to post this video, and also want to emphazie that it is not just handwriting, but all fine motor skills that kids need to spend time with. Handling scissors, playing with playdough, using sand trays, all sound quite archaic at this point in time, nevertheless children need to use their fingers and hands to develop dexterity and teachers and parents can help. Here is another resource for great fine motor activities from High Scope.
Who cares about handwriting, anyway? It’s the 21st century, after all. We have iPads and iPhones, computers that spell check and fonts that go from French script to Freestyle and back to Times New Roman.
But to Laura Dinehart, an assistant professor at Florida International University’s College of Education, handwriting matters. A lot.
Provide materials and activities that require the use of fingers and hands