5 Ways To Get Kids To Practice Their Handwriting

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Celebrated on the birthday of John Hancock­ — known for his bold signature on the Declaration of Independence — National Handwriting Day was established in 1977 to acknowledge the history and importance of penmanship.

Handwriting Makes Us Smarter!

Handwriting also adds intimacy to anything written, whether it’s a letter, a card or a simple note, and reveals details about the writer’s personality. "As technology grows and certainly plays an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word," says David H. Baker, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA)'s Executive Director. As a result, many of us choose to save handwritten cards and letters as reminders of loved ones.

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Tips to Get the Kids Writing

1. Learn about important written documents in history. Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace and declared independence.

2. Read a book; it shows appreciation of writing. Some of the most noted authors prefer pen and paper to create their novels, including J.K. Rowling, who drafted her famous Harry Potter series on napkins.

3. Practice 15 minutes of handwriting each day. Experts recommend a minimum of 15 minutes of handwriting each day for students to experience the benefits of the skill.

4. Start a diary or journal. Keeping a diary or journal is a great way for children to write daily – sharing their innermost thoughts, dreams, and fears on paper.

5. Write a story or make a card. Encourage children to get their creative juices flowing by writing a story or creating a card for someone.

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