Oh the importance of writing by hand! It is almost becoming a lost art. We write so many things on the computer. Almost all letters are sent by email. Messages are sent by text. Even out to-do lists are on our phone. On an average day, my kids don’t write anything by hand unless I make them. So I make them, and I have seen so many benefits from having my kids write by hand.
Benefits of Writing by Hand:
- Writing by hand helps with spelling: Yes, we all love spell check but it is killing our ability to spell. My kids tried to tell me that spelling isn’t a skill that they have to learn because they have spell check. NO! You still have to fill in job applications and legal forms by hand. There are many other times you need to be able to spell without spell check as well. Being able to spell is still an important skill and writing by hand is a great way to improve that skill. One of my children had a real problem with spelling, so I made her write a 1-2 page paper by hand every day for a month. After one week, her spelling had increased so much we were all amazed!
- Writing by hand helps with studying: I remember in college a professor told me that the best way to remember information was to read it, write it, hear it and say it. The mind uses different parts of the brain to write information by hand than it does to read it, hear it, or say it. Writing by hand is more effective than writing on the computer.
- Writing by hand is good for fine motor coordination: Writing by hand is good for kids who struggle with fine motor coordination. With my daughter who had this challenge, I asked for accommodations in school so she could keep up with her school work, but I had her write by hand when she got home. Consistently writing by hand really helped her fine motor skills improve and improved her confidence.
- A hand written note is more personal: It is a fact of our generation that emails, texts, and instant messages are so common they just don’t mean very much. A hand written note sent through the mail is much more meaningful and really shows you care.
My kids don’t always appreciate it when I make them write by hand bu it is good for them and I try to make it fun. Sometimes I tell them if they want me to buy them a treat at the store, they have to write it on my shopping list in a complete sentence. Sometimes I make them submit a written request to go to a friend’s house or have me take them to an activity. Lately, they write weekly hand written letters to their sister who we all miss. (I made this free Letter Template Printable PDF to help make it easier for my younger kids.)
Do you make your kids write by hand?