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The Benefits of Early Writing Skills

December 7, 2023 Ben Lippen News

The Benefits of Early Writing Skills

In an ever-changing technological world, how does putting pencil to paper benefit my lower school student? Research has shown the simple tactile experience of a student feeling the writing tool move across the page awakens different pathways in the brain contributing to deeper understanding. According to Van de Meer in Neuroscience News, “Writing by hand creates much more activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain. A lot of senses are activated by pressing the pen on paper, seeing the letters you write and hearing the sound you make while writing. These sense experiences create contact between different parts of the brain and open the brain up for learning.” Writing is an essential skill and will benefit students for the rest of their lives.

How can daily writing have a positive impact on your child?

  • It builds critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Reading and writing are a reciprocal relationship; the more you practice one, the more you grow in the other!
  • It improves fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
  • It contributes to the foundational skills of planning, organization, peer review, and research.
  • Students develop socially by learning to consider the listener, organize thoughts for communication, and share their thoughts and feelings with others.
  • It increases overall literacy skills which provides more usability of digital tools at their fingertips.

What can we as parents do at home to encourage our young writers?

  • Keep writing materials handy with many different tools (pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils).
  • Encourage journaling.
  • Model writing for various tasks in front of your children.
  • Help a struggling writer by providing word banks or textured surfaces to practice writing/handwriting.
  • Tell each other stories as a precursor to writing.
  • Encourage drawing pictures and describing it to a family member.
  • Encourage doodling.

In the Lower School, our teachers are intentional in providing daily writing opportunities for our students. From using crayons and chalk to develop our Pre-K students’ pre-writing skills to the eloquent cursive strokes and detailed illustrations of our fourth graders, students are offered many designed learning experiences to help commit concepts to memory through the tactile experience of writing.