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The Problem: We have a lot to lose
if handwriting becomes a lost art.

  • 25%

    The percentage of the U.S. student population that’s not proficient in handwriting — it may be even higher.

  • 75%

    The percentage of U.S. students, grades 4-12, writing below grade level on a national writing exam.

  • 33%

    The percentage of U.S. college students who were unprepared to write at a college level.

Source: Iowa State University (2010). The relationship between handwriting, reading, fine motor and visual-motor skills in kindergarteners.

Source: Hanover Research (2012). The Importance of Teaching Handwriting in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: Hanover Research

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    Expert Recommendation

    The Answer:
    15 Minutes a day

    Handwriting 15 Minutes a day can help cognitive development, motor skills, writing skills, and comprehension.

    Source: Hanover Research (2012). The Importance of Teaching Handwriting in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: Hanover Research

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Teacher
Resources

Hey teachers! We created these printable activities and lesson ideas to help you make handwriting fun for your students.

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The Importance
of Handwriting

Utilize these resources for more information about the importance of handwriting and for tips on how to excite students about writing.

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Handwriting Engages 14 Abilities

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Physical

  1. Visual Focusing

  2. Organized Physical Movements

  3. Spatial Perception

  4. Hand-Eye Coordination

  5. Motor Planning

  6. Tactile Input

  7. Crossing Midline

Cognitive

  1. Mental Attention

  2. Receptive Language

  3. Inner Expressive Language

  4. Memory Recall

  5. Concentration with Awareness

  6. Organization

  7. Integration

*Source: ADHD and Handwriting by Carla Crutsinger

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