Power of Handwriting

Who needs to write when they can type, right?  Wrong!  Here’s why:

Start-Bee’s belief is that writing by hand makes you smarter and makes you…YOU!

Master handwriting and you’ll be better equipped to realise your potential in life

Researchers have shown that children are able to write more words, faster and express more ideas when writing essays by hand versus by typing on a keyboard and that cursive writing helps boost brain development in the same way as learning to play a musical instrument.

Research also tells us that writing things out by hand may be a critical way we train our brains.  Virginia Berninger, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, explains that writing by hand is different from typing because it requires using strokes to create a letter as opposed to just selecting a letter by touching a key.  The finger movements involved in writing activate large regions of the brain involved in thinking, memory and language.

Handwriting helps children learn letters and shapes, improves their composition of ideas, and may also boost fine-motor skills development.  A study by Berninger found that children aged between seven and 12 wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand than when typing on a keyboard.

A separate research project by experts at Indiana University found that children who practiced printing by hand had more active brains than kids who simply looked at letters.

Plus…

  • Writing out letters and words helps with spelling.
  • Writing helps us to express who we are.
  • And it’s not just children who benefit from writing by hand, adults do too.  A study in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience revealed that adults learning a new language remember its characters better if they write them out by hand than if they produce them with a keyboard.

This article summarises the benefits nicely.