By Bella Nordstrom. Letter Worksheet. At Friday, September 20th 2019, 11:07:30 AM.
It also is useful to distinguish different standards for legibility depending on the purpose for writing; for example, in taking notes, ”messy” handwriting is entirely acceptable as long as children can easily read their own writing.
Contrary to the view that handwriting is a trivial skill, handwriting actually is important for a number of reasons. One involves the concept of mental resources to which I have alluded in several other columns, in relation to reading and mathematics as well as writing. Just as effortful word decoding may impair reading comprehension, or lack of automatic recall may reduce the mental resources available for learning advanced computational algorithms in math, labored handwriting creates a drain on mental resources needed for higher-level aspects of writing, such as attention to content, elaboration of details, and organization of ideas.
Manuscript or cursive? At one time, manuscript (print) writing was typically taught in first grade, whereas cursive was introduced later, usually in third grade. Historically, some authorities argued for the superiority of one form over the other for children, most often for the superiority of cursive over manuscript.