Handwriting for Dummies

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I loved my handwriting lessons in elementary school.  At first, learning to connect the letters was difficult, but as I grew stronger in the skill I noticed that my handwriting was better then my much older brother and sister.  I was so proud of myself for writing so neatly and I always received praise for it.

I attended a Catholic elementary school so we had to hand write our papers all of the time.  However, once I started going to public school, I didn't have to hand write my papers anymore, I could type them on the computer so that's exactly what I did, and after a few years of not using my handwriting skill; I lost it.  Sure, I can still hand write beautifully but not nearly as well as I could when I was very young and that is one of the things I regret about switching to public school.

Here is a quote from Naomi Baron's chapter in the book Writing Material:

"By the middle of the nineteenth century, handwriting moved from an art to a science.  No longer was handwriting simply a mechanical skill.  Instead, it was seen as involving both mind and body, 'an active process in which the soul was uplifted and the body disciplined...'" (Baron, 58-59).

Looking at this quote, I could definitely agree that handwriting is an important skill.  It involves mind and body because you have to feel your way through the letters to connect them.  People have many different ways for writing their "cursive" words and sometimes you can easily tell the who's handwriting it is by how big their loops are and how they cross their 't's.

I love the idea of handwriting analysis.  I was a part of it at a party in junior high.  This lady just had us write a few sentences on a piece of paper and she looked at it and analyzed.  There is a lot you can tell by looking at someone's handwriting.  There was a girl with some "shakiness" to her handwriting which the analyzer explained showed nervousness.  I could tell the difference between the long, smooth strokes of someone's calm handwriting and then the jaggy edges of another persons harsh handwriting.

I practice my handwriting with my signature most often but I would like to eventually get back the talent I had for it.  That is one of the benefits of learning handwriting when you are a developing child; it becomes easy and fast to perfect.


Sandy Naidu said:

Love the quote - spot on !!!

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