Twelve years ago I went to the state library to find out more about the connection of learning handwriting to being a proficient writer. I came up with one article. Granted, research is much easier now. I didn’t even own a laptop then and I had no high speed internet. We were still in the microfiche age.
But I believe a big part of why I only found one article is that handwriting was not a topic of interest or research at the time. Now, brain research is showing a link to handwriting and cognitive functioning. There is also research to show the connection of handwriting to better composition.
This summer I spent a number of hours in a college library enjoying instant access to many research studies. The studies I read confirmed what I have seen for myself – that learning handwriting increases confidence, helps young children write faster and therefore keep up with their thoughts as they write, and helps young children retain letter recognition.
Here is one article that discusses some of the research. Handwriting isn’t a frill – it’s essential!