Does good handwriting make you smarter?

I wage mortal combat each day with my 7-year-old over his handwriting. He doesn’t see the point of learning to have beautiful handwriting (or in his case properly formed letters that look like what they are supposed to be). He says to me , I won’t be hand writing things in the future. I will be typing them! (I said to him one time: what about love letters? No girl wants love letters typed. He said I won’t be writing any!)

I insist that he practices his handwriting daily and make up activities for him to do. He gets so angry, and it is literally is a constant fight. One day he got into trouble at school and his teacher was going to have him sit out and I said listen make him write about it. That way it’s punishment for him, and he gets to practice his handwriting. I’ve noticed other kids doing that now too.

A friend posted this article on Facebook, and now I have some scientific evidence to back up my reasons for making him practice his handwriting.

From The Week:

“ With the ubiquity of keyboards large and small, neither children nor adults need to write much of anything by hand. That’s a big problem, says Gwendolyn Bounds in The Wall Street Journal. Study after study suggests that handwriting is important for brain development and cognition — helping kids hone fine motor skills and learn to express and generate ideas. Yet the time devoted to teaching penmanship in most grade schools has shrunk to just one hour a week. Is it time to break out the legal pad? Here’s a look at how the brain and penmanship interact:”

“Writing by hand can get ideas out faster
University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger tested students in grades 2, 4, and 6, and found that they not only wrote faster by hand than by keyboard — but also generated more ideas when composing essays in longhand. In other research, Berninger shows that the sequential finger movements required to write by hand activate brain regions involved with thought, language, and short-term memory.”

“Writing increases neural activity
A recent Indiana University study had one group of children practice printing letters by hand while a second group just looked at examples of A’s, B’s, and C’s. Then, both groups of kids entered a functional MRI (disguised as a “spaceship”) that scanned their brains as the researchers showed them letters. The neural activity in the first group was far more advanced and “adult-like,” researchers found.”

Need more reasons to convince your kids it’s worthwhile to practice their handwriting?

According to the article people with better handwriting are perceived as smarter!

“Several studies have shown that the same mediocre essay will score much higher if written with good penmanship and much lower if written out in poor handwriting, says Vanderbilt University education professor Steve Graham. ‘There is a reader effect that is insidious,’ he says. ‘People judge the quality of your ideas based on your handwriting.’ And the consequences are real: On standardized tests with handwritten sections, like the SAT, an essay deemed illegible gets a big zero.’ ”

I went through a similar situation with my oldest daughter. She didn’t fight me about writing but her handwriting was horrible when she was younger. Between second and third grade her handwriting improved dramatically and now her cursive is just beautiful.

I think I didn’t encourage enough writing (drawing, using markers, using scissors) with my older two when they were little as both of them have had bad handwriting. I think I focused more on reading to them and them learning their letters than I did on fine motor skills. We knew better by the time Lilina was born and I think her fine motor skills are much better than theirs were at this age.

I am encouraged that Walsh can improve his handwriting because already his spelling tests are coming back with better handwriting grades. And now I have more evidence when he argues.

What do you think: How is your kid’s handwriting? Is there not enough emphasis put on teaching good handwriting at school? What about at home? Did you see a correlation between the activities you did with them as preschoolers and what they were good at when they entered school? (IE My kids could read at 4 and have amazing vocabularies but did lack on fine motor skills.) What do you think of this evidence that writing is related to better thinking?

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John

February 9th, 2011
6:37 am

I never made anything below an A in any academic subject until i was in junior high school and only a handful of B’s at any time. I made a 1400 on the SAT and scored at or close to the 90th percentile on the GRE and LSAT and have a graduate degree and law degree with soild employment my entire adult life. However, my handwriting was and is terrible and I did my share of C’s in that subject as early as second grade. My wife teaches first grade and places great emphasis on neat and correct handwriting. IOn my case, there was no connection between my handwriting and how well I did in other subjects.

Sk8ing Momma

February 9th, 2011
6:37 am

I am old school…I even teach my children cursive. I demand neat writing from my children (11.5yo girl and 9yo both). We homeschool. I accept nothing less from them. Sloppy or illegible writing is not accepted…Period! Thankfully, both of my children have impeccable writing. They are complemented on it regularly.

I encouraged lots of activities (sewing, coloring, lacing shoes, LOTS of cutting etc.) to build fine motor skills when they were younger. I think such activities helped.

I tell my children that one of the purposes of writing is to communicate with others. If others are unable to easily read what is written, what’s the point? (Yes, my daughter knows how to type and my son is learning; but, typing is not always available and printing/cursive is required.) Besides, IMO, handing something to someone else to read that is sloppy is rude. Who wants to have to decipher what is written???…Ugh!

Regardless whether writing is linked to better thinking, striving to have neat penmanship it is the “right” thing to do, IMO. Besides, it leaves an impression ~ good or bad ~ whether one wants it to or not.

JoDee

February 9th, 2011
6:55 am

I teach gifted students, and some of my brightest and most creative students have the worst handwriting. My son, who attended Tech beginning at age 16, had terrible handwriting and learned to type in 4th grade in order to keep his teachers happy. No connection, in my opinion. Fine motor skill has little correlation to intelligence or creative, flexible thinking.

A

February 9th, 2011
7:09 am

Sorry but why are you fighting with your child over handwriting? It really sounds like you do not know how to pick your battles when it comes to your kids. Have you seen how horrible most doctors’ handwriting is? I don’t think handwriting says anything at all about how smart a person is, and the more you fight with your son the more your efforts will backfire.

Old School

February 9th, 2011
7:10 am

I taught Engineering Drawing for many years and there were quite a few parents who insisted their students enroll in my class to learn lettering (all capitals on guidelines). In addition to lettering, I had my students do quite a bit of writing and taught many of them calligraphy. I’ve always held the belief that cursive writing gave students time to think and more fully develop ideas. I guess I was actually right about writing.

By the way, I suggested an offset pen for a left-handed student. It kept his hand from covering what he had already written and his penmanship really improved.

catlady

February 9th, 2011
7:12 am

I agree that we do little to teach handwriting or fine motor skills, other than using the thumb to play Nintendo. I have fifth graders whose handwriting looks worse than a kindergartener, and that is printing. They have no clue how to write or read cursive.

Our system does nothing about teaching penmanship. Children start their letters at the bottom, you name it. No scissor skills, either. Can’t cut things out accurately, and these are 5th graders!

I don’t think there is an intelligence correlation, but I will ask our gifted teacher what she thinks. My penmanship is not great, and I blame it on a left-handed mother! (Her writing was beautiful with either hand, as a result of her teachers trying to “change” her.)

Michelle

February 9th, 2011
7:14 am

Yeah I’m with JoDee and John on this one! My son, and he’ll kill me for posting this, is a math prodigy who started college full-time by age 13 yet his handwriting looks like that of a DOCTOR! In fact he claims that writing “slows down his thinking process”. While I can certainly appreciate the need for fine handwriting…in our case, it certainly wasn’t a factor in developing “brilliance”.

MomOf2Girls

February 9th, 2011
7:33 am

Old School – where can I find an offset pen? I’ve never heard of it, and although I can guess what it is conceptually, I don’t remember ever seeing anything like it around. Both I and my daughters are left-handed, and we all could probably benefit from this.

motherjanegoose

February 9th, 2011
7:42 am

I taught handwriting, in school, for years. I too am not sure about the correlation with intellect.

My son does not have neat handwriting and yet he was in gifted classes all through school. He scored a 5 on the Math AP test…the best score and he did not have to take another math class all through college. Not too many kids do this. I know I could not!

I would not begin to be able to take his Pharmacy School classes and my handwriting is significantly better than his. I also know many Doctors whose handwriting is almost illegible.

My daughter is left handed and has wonderful hand writing. She is very talented and artsy too but never in the gifted classes!

Michelle….full time college at 13….wow!

leanna

February 9th, 2011
7:55 am

I’ve lurked here for a while, but this one drew me to post.

I have horrid handwriting. HORRID. I’ve tried for years to improve it, and I can get it to look half decent if I go incredibly slow; however, I find that to be a waste of time most of the time. I graduated Georgia Tech last year with a science degree, and am fully employed in my field. I don’t think that my poor handwriting was detrimental to my learning process, or that it’s related to my intelligence.

Like someone above said, seen any doctors notes? Also, it was a struggle in almost every class at Tech to understand what the professors were writing on the board, as they also have bad handwriting, and don’t really have time to slow it down and make it more legible. This is part of why we always beg for digital notes!

And Michelle, wow for your son being in college at 13! I hope he handles it well! I fully understand with the “slowing down the mental process” bit: sometimes there’s just too much to get down and too little time to do it! Especially for math, when you get on a roll with equations it’s hard to slow down!

Jen

February 9th, 2011
8:03 am

Yeah, learn to pick your battles. Don’t be such a control freak. It’s like asking your kids to rebel against you.

Jen

February 9th, 2011
8:04 am

Learn to pick your battles. Don’t be such a control freak. Your just asking your kids to rebel against you.

motherjanegoose

February 9th, 2011
8:07 am

catlady…your thoughts on the HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS program? I am told ( by teachers) they teach all CAPS to Pre-K and Kinder and that is not something I did. Anyone else?

@ John…ask your wife please. Jarvis, if you hop on today, ask yours too please.

As long as we have upper and lower case letters ( in the world of print) , I think kids need to know how to discern them. I am not the only one in this pool.

RJ

February 9th, 2011
8:20 am

My son’s kindergarten teacher told me that she felt that kids that had poor handwriting could’ve been smarter. Personally, I don’t think there’s any correlation. My son has terrible handwriting, but he’s in the gifted program and is smarter than I’ve ever been. My daughter has beautiful handwriting, and although she’s smart and extremely artistic musically, she’s always been an average student. I don’t like the use of computers so much. Kids are being expected to type at such young ages. Schools no longer focus on handwriting because it’s not on the CRCT. It’s just one of those things that you have to teach at home. I say as long as it’s legible, it’s okay.

Lori

February 9th, 2011
8:24 am

I think that kids should be able to write neatly, but I don’t think we need to go overboard with the practicing. There is some validity to the argument that we will type everything in the future. My son is in first grade and he is learning cursive (private school). I think it’s nuts, so does his teacher, but that’s the curriculum so she has to teach it. Cursive, I believe, really will be a thing of the past one day. Printed letters look more like typed letters, so it makes sense to me to print for continuity.

I disagree completely with using handwriting practice as punishment. You’ll make him hate it. I NEVER use school work as punishment. My son hates writing, he doesn’t take his time, and it’s messy. He doesn’t like creative writing either. We use reward rather than punishment and that works MUCH better. For example, if he takes his time and writes his seatwork neatly the first time, his teacher lets him play some math games on the computer while the other students finish their work (my son finishes first usually, and math is “his thing”). Also, we practice creative writing separately from handwriting. He loves to type stories on the computer, but hates to write them on paper. So we work on his creativity separately and one day it’ll all come together.

motherjanegoose

February 9th, 2011
8:42 am

@ RJ…what does this mean:
My son’s kindergarten teacher told me that she felt that kids that had poor handwriting could’ve been smarter.

GD

February 9th, 2011
8:43 am

My step-son is a straight-A student but has the handwriting of a 3-year-old. Drives me nuts! I’m not saying that my handwriting will win awards but it is easily read. My wife, who agrees that the kid’s handwriting is awful, only says that “he can do better, he just doesn’t try” and that’s basically the end of it. I guess, in the grand scheme of things, handwriting isn’t worthy of an argument or “fight” but I do wish there were some way to impress upon him the value of writing well.

JJ

February 9th, 2011
8:56 am

I could care less about handwriting. What’s really important is proper usage of GRAMMER and correct spelling.

There are worse things…….pick your battles.

motherjanegoose

February 9th, 2011
9:00 am

JJ…I think it is GRAMMAR…go ahead and wipe off the egg!

I am usually a great speller but am a terrible typist and sometimes cringe when I re-read what I post here. I apologize now for my frequent typos.

jarvis

February 9th, 2011
9:02 am

Garbage…all of it.

All of the data suggest that they need to know how to form letters…not form them beautifully.

I can’t speak for use of the writing sample on the SAT, but for many years, the writing sample on the GMAT has been widely ignored by Business Schools for determining entry.

If “good” handwriting was a factor in determining success, we’d all be able to read what doctors put on presciptions.

jarvis

February 9th, 2011
9:06 am

@MJG: RJ meant his son’s kindergarten teacher told him that she felt that kids that had poor handwriting might be smarter than those with nicer handwriting.

How about giving some folks a break this morning?

TinaTeach

February 9th, 2011
9:08 am

My husband has HORRIBLE hand writing. I hate it when he writes something. He has always loved computers and prefers typing to writing. He is a lawyer w/ 3 degrees by the way.

I, on the other hand, have my simple one little degree, I am left handed, and I can cursive circles around my husband. My cursive is also eons better looking than my print so I write in cursive. Heck, if I could find a way to type cursive on blog posts like this I would!

I am a little upset that Georgia is doing away with teaching cursive. Very few of my high school students can read it, let alone sign their name! I can’t write notes in cursive on the board because they can’t read it!

I will be teaching my son cursive so he can atleast sign his name as a grown-up. If he decides not to write in cursive that is his choice but he’ll have the option at least!

jarvis

February 9th, 2011
9:13 am

How is cursive a useable skill?
It’s headed the way of short-hand…as it should be.

motherjanegoose

February 9th, 2011
9:14 am

jarvis…I did not get that, in the post, but now see what you mean. Thanks for clarifying!

When anyone here complains about spelling and then spells something wrong in the same post…I am wondering. Maybe it is just me. Outta here…have fun! I too pick my battles.

jarvis

February 9th, 2011
9:17 am

MJG, my wife teaches upper and lower case to her children as well as proper spacing.

My daughter was in a different kindergarten class in the same Cobb County school last year, and she was taught the same things that my wife teaches in her class, so I feel like Cobb must at least be teacing “big” and “little” letter usage in K.

jarvis

February 9th, 2011
9:20 am

MJG, I wan’t picking a fight. I recognize the irony in JJ’s statement. I was just asking for a little elbow room for posts prior to 10 AM.

Techmom

February 9th, 2011
9:32 am

When I was kid teachers seemed too focused on handwriting. Cursive is often difficult for 2nd graders, especially boys. My son is a lefty and I really just had to leave him be on the handwriting for a while. By 4th or 5th grade I started making him re-write things (at the point where I thought his motor skills and brain were capable of writing neatly). If kids write enough other things, they shouldn’t have to practice writing. No sense in practicing letters when you simply need to write your spelling words correctly. My son’s 4th & 5th grade English teacher (he had the same one) got strict on the penmenship and after failing a few spelling tests, not because he couldn’t spell the words, but because he wouldn’t take the time to write them neat enough to tell the letters apart, he finally started slowing down and paying more attention.

I don’t think neat writing equates to intelligence; but I think it can make you look dumb. I feel the same way about accents; having a deep southern accent doesn’t mean you’re stupid, but it sure can make you look that way on the surface.

Un-Self-Aware Parent

February 9th, 2011
9:34 am

My son entered Caltech at six years old and won an Abel Prize at ten. At 12, he became so bored with mathematics that he shifted his focus to writing a novel on the human condition, which later earned him a National Book Award. He’s also super handsome, socially well-adjusted, and the owner of a beach house in Sag Harbor. His handwriting? Atrocious!

Michelle

February 9th, 2011
9:42 am

@ leanna Thanks for your comments! I’ve had to post to this blog because this is really an interesting subject in our family’s experience currently.

My son and I have just concluded that the “frequency” of his thoughts by way of mathematics tends to clash with his ability to write it all down in concert. When we homeschooled (because in GA we had to) freedom of “thought” and “mental processes” were rampant; in other words, the ability to think creatively and critically RULED!

Perhaps I should have enforced the writing right along with it but when you are engaging a child’s thoughts during “car rides”, in the “grocery store” and other outings, writing conclusions down on paper wasn’t always an option. And it was a constant endeavor!

By the way, since we are on a personal campaign to help other kids (families) realize their potential, his name is Stephen Stafford and he’s the 14 year old college student that was on the MoNique Show last night.

I thank you again for your insight.

Michelle Brown-Stafford

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RJ

February 9th, 2011
9:56 am

@MJG, it means exactly what it says. She said she felt that kids that had sloppy handwriting were smarter than those with great handwriting(she talked about doctors having sloppy handwriting).

JATL

February 9th, 2011
9:58 am

Doesn’t the author of this study know the age-old joke about doctors and handwriting? To be honest, everyone I know or every comment I’ve ever heard equates “genius” with terrible handwriting. That’s not to say handwriting isn’t important. Children need to be taught how to write properly, and I do think it’s great “brain” exercise. However, as you mature and hit adolescence, one usually develops their own distinct writing style. Personally, I don’t think the neatness or craziness of your handwriting truly signals intellect of any sort. Quite honestly I noticed when I was a teacher and with the general population that those with really neat, print-style writing usually were on the lower curve of the intellectual scale, but there are exceptions to everything. Of course my own handwriting prompted my mother to once ask me after receiving a post card if I had suffered a stroke, but I’m sure there are highly intelligent and incredibly stupid people who write very neatly and who write horribly.

I’m excited that my 4 year old is learning to write wonderfully in his prek class this year! Of course they’re not working on cursive yet, but his printing and writing is great!

LM

February 9th, 2011
10:02 am

I have terrible handwriting. I can’t spell worth a flip either. I think not being able to spell is the reason why my handwriting is so bad, trying to hide I didn’t know how to spell. lol

As an adult I was ashamed of my handwriting and did try to slow down and put more effort into it. I also have a cross of both cursive and print and will write the same letter three different ways, sometimes in the same word.

Since I injured my right arm it has gotten worse, but now I have and excuse, NOT.

I can write backwards and upside down/backward and it looks much better then when I try to write right side up left to right. So much so in HS I used to take notes backwards, drove the teachers nuts, but it flowed better right to left and I can read it without problems.

I also feel handwriting slows down my thinking. I’d love to be a writer, I have a very creative side, but I can’t slow down enough to put the words into written form, and recording my thoughts and laboring to transcribe is a daunting task.

HB

February 9th, 2011
10:06 am

I do think it’s important for kids to learn to write reasonably well, but think there can be an overemphasis on penmanship. I know a lot of people (including myself) who learn better through writing/taking handwritten notes. Any important meeting I go to, I scribble tones notes…but I rarely use them and my handwriting at this point is pretty terrible (too many years at keyboards). It’s part of my brainstorming process, but the neatness in the end doesn’t matter. Writing helps me organize my thoughts and let info sink in by slowing down my thoughts like Michelle described (I like to write to absorb and memorize info, not so much to work through a problem — drags down the thinking process).

As for perceived “smartness” of kids with good handwriting, I agree that given two essays of identical content, the neatly written one will probably make people think the author is more intelligent…but I bet a typed one would get even higher marks ;).

TWG, don’t worry about the love letters. Your son won’t be writing or typing them. By the time he’s ready for that, he’ll probably be sending a multimedia greeting he made himself to her tablet with sophisticated animated graphics and a video of himself reading a poem or singing her a love song that he composed in Garageband.

DB

February 9th, 2011
10:17 am

The thing about fine motor skills is that we as parents sometimes don’t appreciate all the processes that evolve from developing those skills. So I don’t think it’s a mistake to encourage them in the younger years. However, after a certain point, it’s pretty much a lost cause.

I have good handwriting, and even do copperplate and italic calligraphy (with pen nibs, not fountain pens!) I have that meticulous inclination and a steady hand. (I also enjoyed cross-stitch and needlepoint, and I’m the one that usually takes the cell phone apart to replace a keypad or a case.). My son’s handwriting is a horror. Combined with small motor skills issues when he was younger, I honestly do not see how he has gotten through college as well as he has, because I don’t see how any professor could read his exams! Teeny tiny print -ick.! One time, I pointed out that if he wrote bigger, he would look like he had more to say because it would take up more space in the blue book! I honestly do not know how on earth he got all those 5’s on his AP exams, if they had to grade his essays!

I do love a nice handwriting — especially these days, now that they are becoming rarer. When I discussed the lack of emphasis on cursive with his third grade teacher, she agreed, but complained that the curriculum didn’t allow the necessary time needed for the repetitive practice that handwriting needs. I also think there’s a bit of a “boredom” factor involved — the necessary repetition of forming letters, etc. takes time and it isn’t exciting, which turns off a lot of kids who are courting carpal tunnel syndrome with their texting!

I can remember learning handwriting. One day, we’d work on a lower-case “a” Page after page of a’s, that progressively got less wobbly. The next day — b’s. The next day — c’s. Etc. Then stringing them together. It took all year, but by the end of 3rd grade, everything was in cursive. That kind of learning is frowned on now as “boring”. Sorry, but sometimes, things ARE boring, you just have to slog through. Dieting is boring, exercise is boring, laundry is boring, sometimes cooking is boring, sometimes work is boring – but it’s a discipline. So is handwriting.

leanna

February 9th, 2011
10:19 am

Michelle,

Luckily for math people, writing isn’t that big of a deal. Thoughts often flow so much faster than a hand can write, and so you want to get everything that you can down before you forget.

Nearly everyone I know has bad handwriting. I just think that many people find more important things to worry about than how neat their words are!

Sidenote: cursive is definitely falling to the wayside. I learned it in elementary school, but never use it anymore. I remember when taking the SAT we had to copy a statement about not cheating in cursive, and it took the class longer than the allotted time because nobody could remember how to do it! Seems like it’s only used for things like that and for signatures these days.

Teacher, Too

February 9th, 2011
10:20 am

Handwriting matters. It’s difficult enough to grade 100+ essays, but to try and have to decifer handwriting only adds time. Students still have to handwrite some essays– the state writing tests, the PSAT, and the SAT all come to mind. Also, I have students handwrite their essays for a reason- I want to see their grammar, mechanics, and spelling skills. I don’t want to see what a computer knows, but what my students know.

DB

February 9th, 2011
10:20 am

My post is lost in cyberland . . . :-( I’m not “writing” that over!

jarvis

February 9th, 2011
10:44 am

@Teacher Too, I’d agree that legible is necessary. My point is that “pretty” is not nor is being able to write in cursive.

Michelle

February 9th, 2011
10:50 am

@ Leanna…Again you’re a gem! @ Teacher, Too…Stephen (my son) once said that there is a difference between real learning and being a “student”. “Learning is a personal thing and being a student is demonstrating what you’ve learned for somebody else.”

The dichotomy that exists with the idea of “independent thinking” is that our society praises and rewards those who create on a massive scale as a result of it, yet insists that as children they are trained to perform in ways (or conform) that are acceptable to others.

I certainly understand your position as a teacher but I think another era in human history is creeping into our society. One where schools like the “School of One” in New York staunched so deeply in technology; has been called the “School of the Future” by Fortune Magazine; and where a child’s unique learning style and natural pace is the basis for his/her education, will soon become as ubiquitous as the model created during the Industrial Revolution. This digital generation…on so many SUBTLE levels…will force it!

I’m saying that to say that in a culture where technology cycles every few months and pushes for instantaneous results; and where “a thought” can quickly and easily be expressed with the push of a button it will be interesting to see just how long handwriting as our generation knew it…will last.

Michelle

Keep The Arts!

February 9th, 2011
10:58 am

Good Pennmenship equals Good Artist! No correlation to IQ!

Ann

February 9th, 2011
12:37 pm

Since hospitals are known for many errors over the years, I wonder how many mistakes were due to misreading doctor’s ineligible notes and prescriptions. I hope that cursive writing does not totally disappear, just for the simple pleasure of reading each person’s individual writing. Reading everything typed is very uniform and stale. I enjoy reading handwritten cursive letters and have a stack now that I am reading through, that are over 50 letters that my deceased mother wrote at age 19 to my Dad while he was away in World War II. Reading her thoughts about life and her descriptions of Atlanta city life at that time, in her own handwriting, is special. In my opinion, reading typed letters just doesn’t have the same emotional experience. I feel fortunate that my Dad still writes handwritten letters to all of his grandchildren. And, I hope the practice does not disappear totally.

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motherjanegoose

February 9th, 2011
1:59 pm

@ jarvis…no harm no foul ( or should that be fowl..haha! ) I am full speed ahead by 10:00 a.m. and barely functional by 10:00 p.m. If I am ever making a BOLD point here, I try make sure I have my ducks in a row. I too make mistakes!

I truly did not get the other point. When we read things here, they can be ambiguous and I am not always sure of the meaning since the emphasis on the words or syllables does not always come through in print.

I now read this and see it means…: may actually be smarter ( than those with superb handwriting)

My son’s kindergarten teacher told me that she felt that kids that had poor handwriting could’ve been smarter.

I did not understand why a Kinder teacher would say it the way it was posted. I certainly do not know all K teachers but I know my share.

If any of my crew sends me a multimedia card, no matter for my birthday, Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day…they are toast. I like a paper card…that may be just me!

Come on Son

February 9th, 2011
2:20 pm

Does any parent on this blog not have a child who is “gifted”. The truly gifted only comprise 2% of the population….

Stacey

February 9th, 2011
2:34 pm

@Come on Son…And now you know where those kid’s parents go to blog! :-D

Seriously, my son is considered gifted my his school but I’ve always thought that he’s just a smart kid. He’s in the gifted class at school but it only meets 1/2 a day one time per week. Since that is the closest thing his school has to ability grouping, I’m all for it.

JJ

February 9th, 2011
2:53 pm

Ann – I enjoy re-reading letters my Grandparents, Mom & Dad used to write to me. I have the most wonderful letter my Dad wrote to me on my 18th birthday, in his own handwriting. That letter is so precious to me!

My mother has a handwritten letter, from the late 1800’s, where her grandfather wrote to the President of the United States, regarding being compensated for fighting Geronimo. It is so hard to read, as it has faded over the years, but again, precious. Not to mention a very interesting read.

Wayne

February 9th, 2011
3:00 pm

One of the reasons why hospitals have EMR (electronic medical records), where physicians have to enter their orders to the pharmacy, and to clinical staff. I worked in Medical Records. Doctors, and nurses, have the ability to write very badly.

Our hospital even has a standardized list of abbreviations!