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Articles about writing & calligraphy

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

03WRIT-master495New York Times article | June 2, 2014

Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. Read article


861-mims6pm-220x165 Cursive handwriting bill passes House, North Carolina

Rep. Pat Hurley, R-Randolph, is the sponsor of House Bill 146, known as the “Back to Basics” bill. She said she filed the proposal after receiving a bunch of printed thank-you notes from a local fourth-grade class that visited her in Raleigh.

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Joyce Teta, calligrapher and book artist
Profile and portrait by Diana Greene | December, 2009

vellumtraditionTraditional Calligraphy vs. Expressive Calligraphy

By Silvina Viola | Images: John Stevens

Tenner_Handwriting_4-28_bannerHow Handwriting Trains the Brain

Forming Letters Is Key to Learning, Memory, Ideas
Using advanced tools such as magnetic resonance imaging, researchers are finding that writing by hand is more than just a way to communicate. The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea composition and expression, and may aid fine motor-skill development.

Tenner_Handwriting_4-28_bannerHandwriting Is a 21st-Century Skill

Handwriting has also been surprisingly relevant technologically. What has Steve Jobs always cited as a formative experience? A course in calligraphy at Reed College. Many of the most popular fonts for Mac and PC alike were created by designers with calligraphic training. Many people hate the soft keyboards of many smartphones and all tablets; using a stylus quickly and legibly can be the best alternative, especially when voice recording isn’t possible.

penwriteKeep teaching cursive writing

Sensory motor training consists of activities and exercises that stimulate and develop the sense of touch, sense of “proprioception” (the awareness of what body parts and strength are being used in movement) and of kinesthesia (the awareness of what your body is doing). Basically, connecting the brain to the sensations of your body so you can better control it, thereby helping your brain fire on all cylinders and creating better learning and social skills. There’ll be a test at the end of the column. (Kidding!)