I used to write a lot with my hands when I was younger. But these days, typing is the norm. Online classes have prompted many teachers to suggest that children submit typed assignments and projects. It is a lot more convenient and takes hard-to-read handwritings out of the picture.
But I have been thinking of getting back to writing with my hand. Want to know why? Handwriting comes with a bunch of benefits. It improves and hones your brain’s abilities in surprising ways. Let’s find out the advantages of writing with your hand!
Improves Motor Skills:
Handwriting requires a lot of hand-eye coordination. The level of coordination required is also different for every letter in the alphabet. While typing any alphabet requires just a single stroke, just a single movement for your finger, writing with your hands employs your brain, hand and eye to a greater degree and with a lot of variation. Writing A, E, Q or S demands different movements, thereby improving dexterity and fine motor skills.
If you read our article on bilingualism, you would know that speaking more than one language sharpens your brain by keeping it active and demanding more from it. The same holds true for handwriting. Handwriting brings together motor skills and visual and tactile sensations. Quite a lot of brain processes are involved in handwriting, especially cursive writing. These repetitive processes improve the brain’s cognitive skills and development.
Improves Concentration and Memory:
Writing with your hands comes with a boost in learning. The physical, tangible process of putting your writing instrument to paper creates more opportunities for learning by improving memory and concentration. A recent study showed that students who took notes on paper showed a much superior conceptual grasp over a topic compared to students who typed notes. Not only were they able to comprehend the lesson, they were also able to recall it by putting it into their own words.
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Children who have learning disabilities like dyslexia, or children who suffer from Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder, can also benefit immensely from these aspects of handwriting. A disconnection between the auditory and language functions of the brain causes dyslexia. Handwriting brings these two centers of the brain together, enabling improved concentration and attention.
Good handwriting can also improve academic performance by boosting confidence. Students who are struggling with academics can benefit greatly from handwriting training. Improved handwriting will give them the confidence that they can achieve things with hard work and will encourage them to take on problems head-on. It’s not hard to get a grasp on writing legibly and neatly. Being able to master good writing brings with it a lot of emotional benefits that accomplishment can provide.