chapter  19
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Handwriting

Handwriting has always been taught; in England, for example, it has been a significant feature of the curriculum since the introduction of the 1870 Education Act. Increasingly, children have access to means of producing print without having to hand-write, which suggests that children should be taught how to use keyboards in the most efficient way. However, the teaching of handwriting is still an important part of the early years and primary curriculum. It is thought that the kinaesthetic movements that are part of forming letters help with visual memory of letter shapes. Also as you will see later, there is research showing that handwriting is linked with comprehension. Finally, it is interesting to note that there are a considerable number of professional writers, particularly writers of narrative and poetry, who find handwriting a better way to express themselves than the keyboard.