Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Marshall, TX

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We have a great opportunity!  Dr. Donna Dooley (formerly Dr. Donna Lubcker) will be in Marshall to lead a 90-minute workshop on handwriting!  It will be held at our church on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Dooley has written a book called A to Z: A Guide for Teaching Handwriting.  She suggests creative and non-stressful ways to teach handwriting. 

I have attached a flyer that you may use.  Share it with others.  Thanks to Le Ila Dixon for arranging for this opportunity!

If this topic interests you, you will not want to miss this workshop -- and you will want to read further...

Handwriting has not been taught in our schools for so long now, that many of our young teachers have never written in cursive.  Handwriting has proved to help children build hand-and-eye-coordination and muscle skills, according to Dr. Dooley.  There are other benefits, too.  I read an interesting article on this website:  Here is something that might especially interest you from that online article:

“For children, handwriting is extremely important. Not how well they do it, but that they do it and practice it,” said Karin Harman James, an assistant professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. “Typing does not do the same thing.”

William R. Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D. agrees. In an article he wrote called “Cursive writing makes kids smarter” published on March 14, 2013, in Memory Medic, Klemm states that in the case of learning cursive writing, the brain develops functional specialization that integrates both sensation, movement control, and thinking. Brain imaging studies reveal that multiple areas of the brain become co-activated during learning of cursive writing of pseudo-letters, as opposed to typing or just visual practice.

He also believes there is spill-over benefit for thinking skills used in reading and writing. To write legible cursive, fine motor control is needed over the fingers. Students have to pay attention and think about what and how they are doing it. They have to practice.