Did you know that 75% of American students grades 4-12 were writing below grade level on a national exam? That's a startling statistic, but it's not totally surprising with the advancement in technology and increased use of computers, tablets and smartphones. Heck, there are days when I don't pick up a pen or pencil to write something down (a habit I'm trying to change!)-- and the trend is rapidly spreading to our children.
Experts recommend at least 15 minutes of handwriting instruction each day for students. Research has shown that improved handwriting skills have benefits for cognitive development, motor skills and can lead to improved writing skills and comprehension.
I want to say my daughter is on target with her handwriting, especially since she loves to create character and stories in her journal. One of the ways that I'm inspiring her to write more is through fun prompts -- instead of computer time, I will ask her to come up with lists or ideas, which she will illustrate on paper. This could be anything from 'places I want to travel' to wish lists or letters to a loved ones. I also encourage her to hand write all holiday and birthday cards for friends and family.
Take BIC'S Pledge To Save Handwriting!
I've also taken BIC's pledge to save handwriting, where I will continue to encourage handwriting in my home and throughout my community.
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After signing the pledge, be sure to use some of these great ideas to get your children writing -- Fight for your write!
Five Tips that will Inspire Kids to Write
- Set aside specific times during the week for writing stories, songs or even jokes. Let your kids use their imaginations!
- Have an assortment of colorful pens, pencils and markers on hand that will make kids want to spend more time writing.
- Make writing special for kids with their own personal table, desk, or designated area. Get them excited about their own writing space!
- Give kids a fun assignment that requires them to write. Make a birthday wish list or write a letter to someone famous.
- Make up games around writing. Practice signing their autograph to give to mom or dad.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bic. The opinions and text are all mine.