Latest Research on Cursive Handwriting!
A study, by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, looked at brain scans of young adults and 12-year-olds as they were writing in cursive by hand, typewriting, or drawing. Scientists found that cursive writing and drawing activated brain areas important for memory and the encoding of new information, and therefore, helped “provide the brain with optimal conditions for learning.” This was not seen in the subjects who were typewriting.
The study concluded, “that children, from an early age, must be exposed to handwriting and drawing activities in school to establish the neuronal oscillation patterns that are beneficial for learning. We conclude that because of the benefits of sensory-motor integration due to the larger involvement of the senses as well as fine and precisely controlled hand movements when writing by hand and when drawing, it is vital to maintain both activities in a learning environment to facilitate and optimize learning.”
Waldorf students do everything by hand, including cursive writing (with fountain ink pen or colored pencil) and drawing. Check out some beautiful Main Lesson Books from our 3rd & 4th Graders!