A lot of teachers and parents who see the title of this post probably wonder how handwriting and reading problems could possibly be connected. You should know however, that a number of reading specialists are now using handwriting as a tool to help dyslexic children overcome the problems that are causing reading difficulties.
Phonics instruction is employed most often, but poor handwriting skills must be corrected first. That is necessary because the reading lessons are driven by handwriting. Students, even those in grade one, are expected to write on paper, everything that is presented during the reading lesson.
The student must learn to spell the sounds on paper as they learn to read them during each lesson. To keep up with the pace, they must learn to write fluently. The challenge to write it all down as it is presented by the teacher, is an important key to student success. The ability to write the sounds fluently indicates internalization has occurred.
Even first-grade children soon are able to write words and phrases, even sentences, after a single glance at the chalkboard. The student is no longer producing words by drawing one letter at a time. The connection between reading and handwriting, is fluency. Growing the two skills at the same time through correlated application makes all the difference.
We hope to share in this blog, stories of non-reading students who became readers in a few short months. And as the stories are told, you should be able to learn about the teaching techniques that made success possible.