Importance of Handwriting

Hello, I am new to handwriting or penmanship, meaning I learned how to write when I was young and since then have taken it for granted.  Until I started working with people who teach handwriting I did not know how important it is and the benefits one gets from good penmanship.

Self Confidence
It is amazing how something so common as writing can have such a great impact on self confidence.  When a person learns to print their own name, it fills them with joy and a sense of accomplishment.  A person with poor penmanship may not want to share their thoughts with others because they are embarrassed of how their ideas look in writing.   As their penmanship improves they enjoy sharing and even showing off their penmanship.

Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are activities we perform with the small muscles of our hands.  Which are the exact muscles we use when writing.  Just think about it, we are doing strength training when we write.  These are the same muscles we use when handling coins, using scissors and moving game pieces.  So in away good penmanship will help us manipulate objects with are fingers.

Higher Grades
Teachers tend to grade papers with better penmanship higher then, papers with poor penmanship.  This is not on purpose and many do not even realize they are doing it.  From a grading point of view, with good penmanship it is easier to read and looks nicer so the person grading just automatically gives the assignment a couple extra points.  With math, you may have gotten the correct answer, but if your four looks like a nine, you are not going to get the credit you deserve.

I wish I had known that good penmanship helped with self confidence, fine motor skills and higher grades.  I would have spent a little more time working on my penmanship when I was younger.


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