According to one reading I read (LINK) - effective writing depends on the development of lower-order skills, such as handwriting and spelling, and of higher-order skills, such as planning and revising.
And there is a strong relationship between handwriting automaticity (called fluency) and written composition. The ability to write quickly and effortlessly allows chn to focus on translating ideas into writing, thinking about what they want to say about the topic at hand. (I wonder what this would also impact on the writing of chn who are second language speakers of English.)
Will writing/forming letters correctly increases my children's ability to record their sentence quickly down without loosing their words?
- Explicit handwriting instruction as daily practice. Must be explicitly taught (Berniger adn Amtmann 2003)
- Increase time allocated to teaching specific writing skills. Encourage daily writing (Vander Hart et al's. (2010))
- Modelling - demonstrates proper pencil grip, paper position and letter formation.
- Guided Practice - students trace, copy and use visual cues to learn how to form letters. Then they produce the letters from memory
- Use of Feedback - praise for correctly forming the letters before teaching them to avoid writing poorly.
- Indepedent Activity - allow chn time to practice on their own.
- Writing Materials - allow chn to use different types of materials for their writing.
- Teach letters along side words, even sentences sometimes rather than on its own.
- Handwriting as 'language by hand' (Berninger et al., 2006) Handwriting has been shown to be an integration or othographic codes (letter forms), phonological codes (letter names and sounds), and graphomotor codes (written shape)