https://www.theage.com.au/national/nsw/ ... 54654.htmlHandwriting fluency in kindergarten linked to better reading abilities
by Jordan Baker
I'm not at all surprised by these findings. I've always heavily promoted explicit quality handwriting practices and have found them to make a profound difference in children's foundational literacy outcomes.Children who handwrite fluently in their first year of school are likely to be better readers a year later, prompting researchers to urge caution about relying too heavily on technology in the classroom.
The Australian study of 154 students followed children from kindergarten to year 1, to see whether fluency in writing letters in kindergarten was linked with being better able to write longer texts in year 1.
"It did, and it also predicted their reading abilities," said one of the authors, Anabela Malpique of Murdoch University, whose work was published in the journal Reading and Writing.
I have built into guidance for my phonics programmes that 'handwriting' is the third 'core' skill, as you can see here:
https://phonicsinternational.com/Brief_ ... tshell.pdf
When teaching handwriting thoroughly and well, this also leads to 'alphabet' work as well as 'alphabetic code' content.
See the bottom left section of the yellow triangle in this graphic to note just how much is involved with teaching handwriting and the alphabet:
https://phonicsinternational.com/Triang ... skills.pdf