Toddlers’ excessive use of touchscreens is leaving the muscles in their hands so weak they cannot grip a pencil, specialists warn. See Express article.
Here we cover national and international news relating to handwriting, with links to articles on external websites.
See NewsCut article, Minnesota Public Radio
A child’s phone obsession could be making it harder for them to write. According to handwriting, kids are spending too much time swiping screens, and as a result, they’re not developing the motor skills needed to hold pens and pencils correctly. The National Handwriting Association says excessive use of technology means children are not developing the dexterity needed to control their writing. See Fox News.
Article in The Telegraph
Doctors have warned that overuse of electronic screens is leaving some children unable to hold a pen properly. But while learning as an adult is difficult, it’s not impossible. See article in The Guardian Education.
The US state of Illinois has passed a law requiring school students to learn joined-up handwriting, or “cursive”, overriding the governor’s veto. It is no longer a requirement in US schools, and some countries have dropped the skill from the curriculum or made it optional. Read the story on BBC News.
The End of Key Stage Assessments for Writing last year (commonly known as SATs), included requirements for handwriting which caused widespread concern, especially in regard to joining. This year’s requirements appear to be more realistic, flexible and sympathetic to pupils with handwriting difficulties. See the Government Publications for details:
Over a quarter of UK primary school pupils aren’t able to join up a word and third of teachers say that handwriting standards are worsening. Watch discussion on Good Morning Britain.
Teaching cursive handwriting doesn’t have nearly the value we think it does. Read article by Philip Ball on Nautilus.
Blog article by Ruth Miskin
What is cursive handwriting?
‘Cursive’ or ‘joined-up’ handwriting is any style of writing where letters are joined to make writing faster.
Formal cursive joins all letters with strokes leading to and from each letter. Children are usually taught to join letters from the beginning.
Casual cursive is a combination of joins and pen lifts. Children are taught individual letters with correct formation, orientation and the correct size relative to one another before learning to join letters.
See full article on ruthmiskin.com
It’s important to teach children how to write – especially in a keyboard world. Article in Gulf News.