Handwriting: A lost art?

(WEAU) - Colored pens and number two pencils are something you may use or lose on a daily basis. But are your kids using them to write as much as they should with all the surrounding technology?

"Handwriting everything is becoming a moot point because of all the technology with texting and email," said Tammy VanBlarcom, 3rd grade Teacher at Pedersen Elementary School.

"It's more than just writing in a workbook and practicing sentences,” said Laurie Haus, English Language Arts Coordinator at Eau Claire Area School District.

A-B-C-D-E-F-G, ok so I don't have to sing the rest for you to know that's the ABC's. But remembering the art of writing is a different story.

"When I first learned handwriting I spent about 30 minutes a day on it. Our recommendation is now 10-15 minutes a day, that's only part of the year,” said Haus.

Laurie Haus of the Eau Claire Area School District says with all the technology that's out there, it's all about keeping kids motivated when learning to write. That's where the program, ‘Handwriting Without Tears’ comes in.

"All grade levels have little slates they can write on. There's research to say that pressure of writing on a slate helps the memory for a student when they're learning letters," said Haus.

3rd grade teacher Tammy VanBlarcom of the Altoona School District says cursive is taught every year along with typing.

But she finds new ways to keep kids engaged.

"We do some kinesthetic work. They'll write their cursive handwriting in the air or write letters on the back of someone,” said VanBlarcom.

Writing in the air is even helping kindergarteners learn to print, and there are other fun ways too.

"This is the stamp and see screen. This is used with Pre-K and Special Ed. It's a more hands on way of making a letter,” said Haus.

"We do finger pushups, spider on the wall to get them all warmed up and ready to go,” said VanBlarcom.


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