Handwriting speaks volumes of an individual personality, temperament, and behavior. It is a personal expression that reflects who the person is on the inside. Everybody’s handwriting is unique, just like one’s fingerprint and there is so much of science behind a person’s handwriting, typing on keyboards and screens which control written communication. In our age, children swipe, pinch and tap on smartphones and tablets from birth, so learning writing stills early plus a good handwriting create a good impression in the society we live in.
One essential skill for both children and adults is handwriting, for younger children it activates the brain more than keyboarding because it involves more complex motor and cognitive skills, contributes to reading fluency because it activates visual perception of letters and a predictor of success in other subjects, because good handwriting has a positive impact on grades. Also children can have a very hard time with writing in print but many of the letters look similar, particularly b and d and it can feel very uncomfortable, so cursive writing helps students, both young and old, with dyslexia and can decrease the tendencies and make them more confident in their abilities and offers each letter a very different look that allows the pupil to write in a flowing, comfortable way.
Contrary to the view that handwriting is a trivial skill, handwriting actually is important for a number of reasons and students with good handwriting may get better grades because their work is more pleasant for teachers to read and the ones who struggle with writing may find that too much of their attention is consumed by producing the letters, and the content suffers. Handwriting is important and a basic tool used in many subjects such as taking notes, taking tests, and doing classroom work and homework for almost every content area as well as in language arts classes, poor handwriting can have a pervasive effect on school performance.
There is a growing body of research on what the normally developing brain learns by forming letters on the page, in printed or manuscript format as well as in cursive. When analysing a person’s handwriting, it is important to look at the slant of his writing. If a person’s writing is slant towards the left, it means that he does not express his emotions well. If there is a lack of slant in a person’s writing, it means that he thinks with his heart and mind; he uses both emotions and logic to understand a situation. On the other hand, people who write with a forward slant, or a right slant, are more caring and emotional.
Throughout life children, students, teachers, lecturers, parents feel happy, confident and inspired by good handwriting skills, it is the platform for achievement in the workplace and self-assurance in life and will remain the key to progress and success. A signature of a person is an aspect of handwriting too, it reflects a person’s communication skills, and how he wants to be perceived by the public. If a person’s signature is legible, it means that he is comfortable with what he has expressed because an illegible signature implies that an individual is not interested in gaining public recognition.
In time-limited written examinations, students need fast and legible handwriting in order not to miss out on learning opportunities, under-achievement or fall behind. Illegible handwriting can cause poor self-esteem which can trigger loss of confidence and students with poor handwriting will find it hard to proof read their own work. Handwriting is critical to creative, well-crafted text affecting both fluency and the quality of the composition, legible writing skills that can be produced comfortably, at speed and with little conscious effort allows a child to attend to the higher-level aspects of writing composition and content because handwriting contributes to better writers, students who have mastered it are better, more creative writers.
In job hiring or when you take a written examination at a job interview, apart from testing your knowledge, employers also look at your handwriting to determine your personality so see if you blend well with the corporate culture because good writing skills make you more desirable to the employer.
In our modern world, in all walks of life, people are judged by their handwriting, when writing down email addresses, website URL’s, and phone numbers, completing a form at the bank, filling out immigration forms, other get to see it and one wrong letter or number can prevent communication.
Article by Blessing Bassey