Dr. Harmander Singh
Still a Necessary Skill, handwriting Fosters School Success
By Jan Z. Olsen

In today’s fast-paced computer age, handwriting seems like a forgotten art…but think again. Handwriting is coming into sharp focus—and for good reason. While overall student confidence and early academic success are often directly related to handwriting, the new handwritten essay section of the SAT and other state tests have revitalized the interest of many parents and educators in handwriting.

Good handwriting is a skill we learn in early elementary school, but the benefits of good handwriting extend our entire lives. The truth is that mastering handwriting sets children up for other learning successes.

Handwriting builds confidence, teaches children to have an organized approach and enhances their ability to communicate. Think about how exciting it is when a child writes his or her name for the first time. Think about how nice it is to be able to write easily and well.

Several studies show that children with good handwriting feel more confident and proud of their work, and other studies demonstrate that legible papers receive higher grades than do illegible ones. Students who don’t master neat letter formation are at a disadvantage, which can impact a child’s grade on spelling tests, math quizzes, and essays. A student’s poor handwriting can be particularly detrimental during the new SAT and the standardized tests in many states that now require a handwritten essay section. While these exams aim to measure a child or teen’s ability to clearly express oneself, it is imperative that the handwriting be legible and automatic in order to maximize thinking time and creative writing skills.

“If scorers can’t read it, how can they give students a proper grade?” said Leslie Thornton, the principal of Mill Valley Schools.

The focus of today’s handwriting lessons is on developing good habits that make students legible, fluent writers. Handwriting becomes an automatic skill that students don’t have to think about. Handwriting has been an integral part of communication for as long as there has been recorded history. And there is no evidence that anything will ever completely take its place.

Tips for parents

1. Do it correctly yourself: Remember that children learn by imitating you, so make sure that you are holding your pencil and forming your letters correctly.

2. Sit up straight: Make sure your child can sit with her feet on the floor and her arm can move freely wherever she writes, at home or school.

3. Read: Show your children the importance of communicating through words.

4. Sing: When you sing the alphabet song, show your children the letters as you sing. Sing songs that use their fingers, like the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “The Crayon Song” on the Get Set For School™ Sing-Along CD

5. Draw: Children who draw often write better. For young drawers, give them broken pieces of chalk or crayons to use. They will have no choice but to hold these small pieces correctly.

6. Move: Teach spatial words, like “under, over, top, middle, and bottom” by using visual representations. Put one hand under another, etc.

7. Go “Top Left”: Get children in the habit of going from top to bottom and left to right.

8. Give them little bites: Encourage children, even ones as young as 9 months old, to pick up small objects, like tiny pieces of food, with their fingers. It will help to develop writing muscles and good coordination.

9. Play: Encourage preschoolers to use finger paints and sponges to strengthen writing muscles and reinforce coordination.

10. Ask: Discuss with your child’s teacher what resources are available to help develop their skills.

Fun Activities You Can Do At Home With The Kids

1. Make cookie letters. Have your child form the letters by rolling the dough and putting the pieces together.

2. Put letters on a die and have your child roll the dice. They have to write a word that starts with the letter.

3. Use a flashlight and make letters on the wall. You or your child has to guess the letter that was made. You can also cut out letter templates to place in front of the flashlight.

4. While your child is in the bathtub have them draw letters on the wall of the tub in shaving cream or soap paint. Ceramic tiles work well as slates.

5. Form letters out of French Fries.

6. Trace letters in the snow or sand.

7. Forms letters out of Play-Doh or clay.

8. Make letters with pipe cleaners.

9. Have your children write your shopping lists.

Pediatric occupational therapist Jan Z. Olsen is the founder and creator of Handwriting Without Tears, a multi-sensory handwriting curriculum. Olsen has specialized in child development and its application to handwriting for nearly 30 years.

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Dr. Harmander Singh
A Series of Lessons for Art of Self-Study, Learning and Counseling-Philselfology - Part 3

Out of syllabus, this is what we do when we are learning anything in the classroom or elsewhere, we recall and relate so many things which has nothing to do with what we are learning.

Suppose our teacher tells us that earth revolves around the Sun and we may think that we revolve around the chocolate or our teacher may ask us "Why are the plants green?" and we reply "Sir, it is because the sky is blue." or perhaps "It is because they are green, sir. (Well, we hope you are not a philosopher).

What we want to say is that is very hard to learn if we do not follow this SMT, which helps us to keep our eyes on what we learn.

Just imagine if you can have HPL without it, not easy. The HPL is creative learning, but at the same time it is logical, is not it.

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A Series of Lessons for Art of Self-Study, Learning and Counseling-Philselfology - Part 2

Only myself, it is true with some brilliant students, it is indeed quite rare, when we are learning in the class room or elsewhere; sometimes, we forget everything around us even the source of learning (teaching, tutor etc.), then we are not learning at all what is being taught.

It may be possible that such students are thinking about very great or rare factors of life but whatever they miss in the learning of the basic thing of education handicaps them to acquire great goals of their lives. We should accept that anything we consider important becomes useless if it is irrelevant to what we are learning at a particular time.

Suppose, we are thinking that the teacher is very good, our home is sweet, or moon is beautiful or my brother (or sister) is nice etc. These things may be important but while learning or doing SSL, these things or thoughts will disturb our studies. Therefore, by second-SMT, we mean that we always need to remain aware that we are doing SSL for HPL the gateway to our better future.

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A Series of Lessons for Art of Self-Study, Learning and Counseling-Philselfology - Part 1

First-SMT: Suppose we are sitting in the classroom or any learning place, somebody is doing something, and we complain to our teacher or tutor.

We may be telling our teacher or tutor about other's affair whether in the form of acceptance, suggestion, appreciation, admiration etc. or criticism, rejection etc., we will have to go outside our achieving the HPL through Self Study and Learning (SSL). It creates disturbance to our SSL, other's SSL and above all, teaching-learning process.

When teacher or tutor is teaching us, he or she sharing with us the highest, the noblest and the best knowledge, truth and reality of all times for which all of our ancestors have worked for centuries.

We might have guessed what is intended here. SSL is most personal thing we can ever possess. By First-SMT, we tend to mean that we do our SSL forgetting everything about others.

It needs very good concentration, which leads to better SSL and thus the HPL for the best achievements. You may go through the broad spectrum of this subject matter from and

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A Series of Lessons for Art of Self-Study, Learning and Counseling-Philselfology-An Introduction

Introduction to SMT:
The end as an aim counts; but the means add to high performance learning and peace of mind. These lessons are from my self-written book, “Self-Study and Learning for Peace of Mind”, based on the long-term research work, practical work as a teacher, tutor and education counselor. Well, the word Philselfology is for creative thinking and scientific feelings for making the balance of logical creativity for learning the art of creativity and logic for better intellectual and emotional maturity utilizing the time management.

The global literacy missions and decades for child education, development and welfare deserve an attention as for No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the literacy for all, particularly the children. The former President of USA, Bill Clinton is a legendary genius and wizard of Math and Education, he strongly recommended the need of NCLB. Well, we go through lessons for it as the skills, methods and techniques (SMT) for HPL (High Performance Learning) at any place. For the learner, these are useful while studying individually or in a group, e.g., in the classroom or tutorial.

Well, by SMT, we mean the interaction of teaching-learning process giving us insight, awareness and a way in the form of skills, methods and techniques including developed by teacher or tutor and by our selves. I have learned it from Chris Brooks and have combined skills, methods and techniques as one group of HPL activity. Before, we discuss about the different aspects of this series. You may go through the broad spectrum of this subject matter from and .

We have the some SMT's as the lessons. Once you understand the need of it from all it says the Chris Brook’s way, we may move to the next step and thus the lessons of this series.

Thanks for your reading it.

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