As famous as the above saying is, in today’s digital age, much of society questions the need for penmanship. Hold your horses! Or, perhaps it’s more fitting to say—Shut down your electric cars! All joking aside, handwriting is slowly being chalked up as a lost art. The Common Core Curriculum, which sets the academic standards for every state, recently eliminated teaching children “Cursive” writing altogether.
Setting aside any emotional connection to the “lost art” of handwriting, as a science-driven organization, we look at everything from the standpoint of cognitive benefit. Edouard Gentaz, a Developmental Psychology Professor from University of Geneva said, “Handwriting is a complex task which requires various skills – feeling the pen and paper, moving the writing implement, and directing movement by thought.” In other words, the writing process has a cognitive component that simply cannot be replicated through typing or other digital media.
Once again, our scientific approach addresses all the technical elements and component skills critical to success in handwriting. A few of the elements that we work on are: fine motor coordination, digital/hand strength, imitating strokes, letter sizing and spacing, etc. We begin our handwriting assessment with the essential attributes necessary for effective writing skills, and we then customize your child’s program based on the specific components that are missing. Once the plan has been devised, the next step is—Practice…Practice…and More Practice. A typical one-hour handwriting session provides the student an average of 44 opportunities to practice and hone those crucial writing skills. After all, knowing how to format the letters is only half the battle, as no Fit Curriculum is complete without also implementing a fluency-building methodology.
Fit Handwriting Results
No other program or curriculum can yield the kind of improvement in handwriting as fast as our Fit Handwriting curriculum. The results speak for themselves: