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5 Reasons To Teach Handwriting

We live in a world where technology abounds and even the youngest of students is adept at using anything from a computer to a tablet. The art of handwriting has gradually become lost with the advancement of technology, causing a decline in the ability to write competently and legibly. While technology serves a vital purpose, it is important that children are taught early in life how to master handwriting skills for the following reasons.....


1. Research has shown that there is a positive correlation between good handwriting skills and increased academic performance in both reading and math. A study by Dinehart and Manfra (2013), ‘Handwriting in Early Childhood Education,’ examined whether the fine motor skills of over 3,000 preschoolers predicted their future academic achievement. They concluded that Pre-K students with good fine writing motor skills outperformed their peers in both reading and math by second grade.

2. When we write something down, it tends to resonate better in our brains. A study by Mueller and Oppenheim (2014), entitled ‘The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard’, tells us that “Longhand note takers engage in more cognitive processing than laptop note takers, thus selecting more important information to include in their notes, which enables them to study this content more efficiently.” This subsequently enables a better retention of facts.

3. Time devoted to the teaching and learning of letter formation in the early years will eventually show results. Legible writing that can be produced comfortably and at speed, allows a child to attend to the higher-level aspects of writing composition and content, with greater focus. This is important when assessments are based on written work, particularly in written examinations with time constraints. Without fast and legible handwriting, students may miss out on learning opportunities and under-achieve academically.

4. There are just some things we NEED to do with paper and pen. Think about those handmade cards you are planning to make in your classroom this year - these mementos will be even more special and meaningful to parents when they contain their child’s own unique handwriting. As adults, jotting down a shopping list, writing a birthday card, taking down a phone message, completing a form at the bank shows us that handwriting is part of our daily lives. Also, beyond formal education, most employment situations will involve at least some handwriting and may require the communication of critical information (e.g. medical notes, prescriptions).

5. Not so serious – lol! The last reason to teach handwriting - you can win my handwriting workbook 'Practice Makes Perfect' by entering the rafflecopter below! Just subscribe to my email list to enter.

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I will leave you with one last thought - handwriting still forms a unique part of our culture and identity - this is something that we should not forego so easily.

First Grade Family!

Hey!  Just a quick post today!  I wanted to let you know about something I am secretly very excited about, although maybe I also need to get a life - lol!

I have been reflecting lately and it struck me that the majority of my online activity is directed towards improving my business.  I love collaborating with other teachers and have made many very close friends online, but all of that activity has come about because I sell teaching resources and want to be successful in this area.  Absolutely nothing wrong with this - I have great fun, meet amazing people and learn so much, but I have been feeling that I need to give a little more to the teacher community......

So what could I do?  As I spend the majority of my working day at the computer/online, the logical answer seemed to lie in the area of social media.  Now, I really am not the most confident of people and I do worry that this is going to be a complete flop, but I wanted to give it a chance and take a leap of faith - I have created a private facebook group!!  (I do have dreams of this becoming the most supportive, engaging, interactive online space, but well....... I have always overreached myself - lol!)

However, that is not to say that this space could not become a safe haven for teachers to collaborate, share, ask for advice, rant if needed, seek validation, find answers etc.  I am always up for meeting new people across the world - I love how we are all so different, but have one important goal in mind!

So..... here it is!


I really, really hope you will consider joining me and some others already in this group.  I would like to keep it relatively small, so that we can get to know and trust each other.  Just click the image above, hop over to facebook and request to join. 

I hope to be welcoming you to the group very soon!

Also - winners from the Oceans giveaway!  This has been the biggest promotion I have ever taken part in and has been so much fun!  Sadly it has come to an end, but we have a ton of giveaway winners!  Thanks to everyone who took part and supported us.  

Many congratulations to the winners of this final week!



Speak soon!


OCEANS OF STEALS, DEALS AND GIVEAWAYS! Last Week!

I am teaming up with some amazing friends this week to bring you the very last installment of Oceans of Steals, Deals, and Giveaways! Trust me, this is an event that you won't want to miss! There will be new deals, steals, and giveaways every day, so stop by my Facebook page and Instagram to check out all the fun! In the image below is what you can expect through the week! Excited yet?!

Let me give you a little preview of what you can expect each day.

Monday


Monday you will definitely want to stop by for some $1 deals! Now that's a 'steal' you can't say no to! I will have 2 products listed for sale on Monday, both only $1! You can check them out below. You can also search on TPT using #ManicMonday to find these great $1 deals, along with many more from all those participating in this fun promotion!

       
Click on the images above to check out these products in my store.

Tuesday


Tuesday is half off day! I will have 2 products on sale for 50% off on this day only. I chose these two products specifically thinking about Back to School time and what teachers might need and appreciate, especially at a discounted price! You can check them out below. You can also search on TPT using #Two4forTuesday to find all of these great 50% off deals!

     
Click on the images above to check out these products in my store.

Wednesday


I think Wednesday will be the best day ever!!! Who doesn't love FREE!!! This will be a surprise so you will have to check my Facebook page throughout the day. I will have multiple Flash Freebie deals throughout the day. But hurry, these deals will be gone in a Flash!

Thursday


It's Bundle Thursday! I will have one of my bundles on sale for 50% off! This is a deal you won't want to miss! You can check out the bundle below. You can also search on TPT using #ThankfulThursday to find all of these great bundle deals!

Click on the image above to check out this bundle in my store.

Friday


Friday is Giveaway day!!!! You can enter to win tons of gift cards! You can enter the rafflcopter giveaway in two ways:
Option 1: Teacher's Toolkit Facebook page or... 
Option 2: Just enter the rafflecopter below.
I hope you will be able to find some amazing deals this week! Check back every other week throughout the summer for more Oceans of a Deal, Steal, and Giveaways!

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