The importance of handwriting with Uniball

Last year when Eva started school, the one thing she was so excited about was finally learning how to write. Despite all of the issues we have had with school, mainly her insistence that she hates it, every day when she comes home she will empty out her book bag and hand over the huge pile of notes she has written for me that day. And whilst I may not keep the huge junk models and the unidentifiable paintings they bring home, when it comes to those notes? I keep every single one.

I think there is something so special about a handwritten note, whether it’s from your child, a partner, a friend. I literally have boxes and boxes of letters and notes stored away at my Mum’s, collected over the years from friends and loved ones.

When my friends and I went away to uni we would send each other the longest, most garbled, letters, usually written after one too many vodkas, detailing every moment of our nights out and latest boyfriends. Every letter is signed off with line after line of kisses and promises to get together soon and now, at thirty seven, I really cherish those letters.

In an age where everything is centred around computers, where messages are sent by email or texts, or replaced with Skype and FaceTime, I think that handwriting is something which is being over looked, and I think that’s a real shame.

I can remember being younger and spending hours practicing my cursive writing, doing actual hand writing lessons in both primary and high school, relishing in a new red handwriting pen or a fountain pen with real cartridges! These days Lewis scrawls in a biro, no real care taken with his writing, no actual technique for letter formation or how to join up. When I ask him why he doesn’t try harder he tells me, “We do all our work on the computer anyway!”.

For that reason I am supporting Uniball’s campaign to share the importance of handwriting. They are really passionate about raising awareness of this and have created a number of free resources for parents, teachers and homeschooler’s to help their children with handwriting.

You can download them via the links below.

How to teach cursive handwriting to children

5 top tips to improve handwriting in children

Free handwriting worksheets for children

I personally will continue to teach my children the importance of handwriting and will cherish every single note that they give me, knowing how every single letter was written with love.

 

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36 Comments

  1. October 23, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Handwritten letters will always be so special – they bring back wonderful memories of my uni days when our group of friends kept in touch. Before the days of FB! I’m loving seeing how my girls’ writing develops as they age and their confidence grows. Love your little letters which will be fantastic to treasure forever.

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      Thank you Helen! xx

  2. October 24, 2017 / 7:26 am

    Handwriting is so important and these tutorial cards look really great.
    C x

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      It really is, I think we should write way more than we do! xx

  3. October 24, 2017 / 7:44 am

    I’ve noticed my handwriting getting worse as I’m not using it so much. I need to put more effort in! Also these cards look amazing! Definitely so important to get kids writing as well as typing.

    Jessi x

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      They are fab Jessi and all free to download! xx

  4. hannah
    October 24, 2017 / 9:32 am

    I remember how excited i was when i was first allowed to write with a pen in school

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      Oh me too!! I still get excited over a new pen! xx

  5. October 24, 2017 / 3:10 pm

    I used to love writing during education and my handwriting was pretty good but now we tend to use technology so much I don’t even remember the last time I wrote more than a few lines x

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:11 pm

      No me too, the most I write is my shopping list! xx

  6. Jess
    October 24, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Handwriting is definitely a dying art. It’s such a shame too, because like you I love to keep hold of handwritten notes.

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:09 pm

      I miss the days of handwritten letters, I don’t remember the last time I got one in the post! xx

  7. October 24, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Handwriting seems to be a dying art, I think. The script of our grandparents were so elegant – my own handwriting is like chicken scratchings, lol! Glad to hear it’s experiencing a revival though.

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      Haha, I still take great pride in my hand writing but it’s rare I actually write these days!

  8. Joanna
    October 24, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    I remember the times when there were no computers and when handwriting was very appreciated. It was a competition in school on who has the most beautiful handwriting and the teachers would score you less if you didn’t round the letters perfectly. Today is all about typing, no more handwriting…

    • Laura Dove
      October 24, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Yes!! I can’t believe how little important is placed on hand writing these days!

  9. October 24, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    I miss being able to handwrite, my hands cramp to much these days but I used to love spending time writing letters to penfriends, there really is something special about a handwritten letter and of course learning to write them.

    • Laura Dove
      October 25, 2017 / 9:33 am

      I struggle too with my hands, there really is nothing nicer than a handwritten letter though xx

  10. October 25, 2017 / 10:45 am

    Theres always something so personal and special with a handwritten note. My sister and I used to write each other letters all the time as we live in different countries, I still have nearly every one she ever sent. My daughter loves to write and prefers a pen and paper to tapping on a keyboard x

    • Laura Dove
      October 25, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Ahh that’s so lovely. I will always write hand written letters to those I love, they are so special! xx

  11. October 25, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    Never heard of this brand, but think that it is a great idea to assist with handwriting 🙂 x

    • Laura Dove
      October 25, 2017 / 7:18 pm

      Anything that encourages handwriting is fab isn’t it? xx

  12. October 25, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I can’t agree more! It is so important to have legible writing, and I personally think you can’t beat writing a letter with a proper old fashioned Fountain Pen!
    I still have penpals now and love getting letters in the post.

    • Laura Dove
      October 25, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      I totally agree. I had a French pen pal for 27 years now, we still write! xx

  13. October 25, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    What a great campaign! Like you I have a box of letters from over the years, ones from when my friends were at uni, pen pals I had over the years and my Nan to this day still sends me letters. It’s a shame they have got lost with the computer age

    • Laura Dove
      October 25, 2017 / 7:17 pm

      Oh that’s so lovely of your Nan! They are so precious I’m sure! xx

  14. October 25, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    I agree I have so few letters that I cherish the ones I do have because there are so few in this day and age! I love that you keep the kids notes!

    • Laura Dove
      October 25, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      They are just too cute not to! I’m sure I will end up with a huge collection! xx

  15. October 25, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Ah I love it when they write little notes! My two girls love writing notes but my little boy shows no interest at all!

    • Laura Dove
      October 25, 2017 / 7:14 pm

      I definitely think its more of a girl thing!! xx

  16. October 26, 2017 / 2:01 am

    I adore handwritten notes, I always used to write so many letters, it makes me feel really sad my children won’t know that in the same way. Great to keep them writing as much as possible.

    • Laura Dove
      October 26, 2017 / 9:38 am

      I agree, I will keep encouraging them to write hand written notes always! xx

  17. October 26, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I don’t think there are many childhood joys on par with learning how to draw, then write and seeing yourself improving all the time. Of course super adorable notes are an amazing bonus too 😀

    • Laura Dove
      October 26, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      I agree, I will really treasure every little note they bring home! xx

  18. October 30, 2017 / 10:29 am

    What an amazing campaign, my daughter is having so much fun learning to write

    • Laura Dove
      November 3, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      It’s such an important skill isn’t it? xx

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