By Bella Nordstrom. Letter Worksheet. At Friday, September 20th 2019, 17:29:03 PM.
Because handwriting is a basic tool used in many subjects – taking notes, taking tests, and doing classroom work and homework for almost every content area as well as in language arts classes – poor handwriting can have a pervasive effect on school performance.
When students have mastered the alphabet, they can move on to spelling games, root word games, and even work on learning better vocabulary and writing skills. Integrating language arts into online learning games is one of the best ways to find the key to student’s motivation.
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.