There isn’t a doubt that writing with pen (i.e. writing with hand) is responsible for stimulating the brain. Besides, handwriting results in brain development by involving thinking and synchronization between movements of body etc.
In some of the countries like US and Canada print style is being encouraged instead of cursive, while in Asiatic countries like India the cursive style of handwriting is a vital part of the school curriculum.
Here is a research finding by Steve Graham that you should consider:
“A majority of primary school teachers believe that students with fluent handwriting produced written assignments that were superior in quantity and quality and resulted in higher grades ”
Here are a few reasons that would emphasize on how handwriting becomes a source of written expression and life skills beyond the use in classroom and academics.
1. Helps identify, learn and create letters just the right way
Each alphabet has a particular shape and a way of creation. When children write, they have to follow that style. This gives an opportunity to the students to comprehend every alphabet and give it a perfect identity, thereby adding on to valuable learning. Ultimately it results in increased legibility of the handwriting.
2. Increases neural activity
Each time a child writes, the hand is instructed by the brain to perform a writing action. The coordination between the brain and the motor activities gets activated involving syncing both the hemispheres of brain. Handwriting is therefore called brain writing, and distinct styles of writing (having their own unusual importance) affirm the statement to the full.
3. Assists Students with disorders like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Children with disabilities like Dyslexia and Dysgraphia have troubles grasping letters. They might develop confusion in identities of letters having similar shapes and ways of creation like the alphabets b’ and d’. Therefore, practicing to write by using charts, symbols, graphs, pictures etc. helps students deal with their dyslexic tendencies easily.
4. Develops spatial and visual skills
To attain a good and legible handwriting, correct spacing between letters and words is essential. Regular practice of writing with hand helps in developing spatial skills which ultimately enhances the visualization to read better, remember well and memorize effectively.
Handwriting helps to obtain the fluency in language (either language in which the writer writes), makes the interaction and communication convenient, and results in improved mental effectiveness of an individual. It also adds to speed of regular writing. Thus, different styles of handwriting have their own importance and are certainly incomparable with the each other’s benefits.