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Why Is Handwriting Critical to Reading? | Reading Lessons

Why Is Handwriting Critical to Reading? | Reading Lessons

Hi. my name is Anne Glass. I’m a reading and learning specialist at a
private school in New York City and I work with Kindergarteners through 3rd graders on
Reading, Word Study, and Writing Skills. In addition to be a reading specialist and
learning specialist, I’m also a parent and today I’m going to talk to you about topics
in reading Instruction in handwriting used to be an important
part of kindergarten and first grade curriculum and even for older students as well. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat of a lost art
now and we encourage our children at a very young age to experiment with writing on paper. We support and honor inventive spelling. If children know the motor plans for the letters
that they want to write, then they’re going to be much more able to access the letters
and the letter sounds to spell the words that they want to put down on paper. If the motor plans are automatic and they
know them well, then they’re going to be able to make the connection from the content in
their minds to the words on the paper. Handwriting practice is also critical for
reinforcing knowledge of letter names and sounds. When you can learn a concept through multisensory
means – and handwriting would be putting something in muscle memory, having the tactile feedback
of the pencil on the paper while you say the letter name, while you practice the letter
sound – all of those concepts and all of that knowledge is going to be much more secure,
and your child is going to become more fluid and automatic at the word-level sooner. And that word-level automaticity is really
foundational to acquiring later reading skills and becoming a good, fluent reader who can
construct meaning from text.

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