"Given the research evidence for effective handwriting instruction and its importance for literacy learning (both reading and writing), the question of whether handwriting is necessary in the computer era should be replaced with the following: How can educators justify not teaching handwriting as well as computer tools during the elementary and middle school grades?"
Here we take a look at the research for teaching handwriting and at Alice Nine's simple method for teaching letter formation--both manuscript and cursive.
Handwriting skills are usually associated with writing. So, how does handwriting instruction affect reading? Reading and writing use reciprocal skills. During handwriting, students develop directionality--top to bottom, left to right. During handwriting, students learn how to form letters which support letter recognition.