By Bella Nordstrom. Letter Worksheet. At Friday, September 20th 2019, 09:44:28 AM.
Handwriting remains a critical skill in the classroom. In order for children to be successful readers, writers, and ultimately, communicators—they need a strong foundation.
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.
Younger children can work on letter recognition through ordering while older children can work on telling the difference between vowels and consonants. Children of any age struggle with alphabetizing, so learning games for kids provides one of the best ways for students to practice. Students can also hone their dictionary and encyclopedia skills by putting words in alphabetical order.