PixabayWhat is good handwriting?

Good handwriting is legible, fluent and efficient. But what does that actually mean?



Good writing motor skills build the foundations for good handwriting. How can you learn to write with such efficiency of movement? The acquisition and development of relaxed basic movements is critical. The fingers and wrist are moved freely and highly coordinated, the pen is held properly and there is little pressure applied to the writing instrument and paper.

If these basic skills can be translated to writing letters, words and sentences, then all of the requirements for developing legible, fluid, fatigue-free, efficient and individual handwriting are fulfilled.

Legible: adhering to the characteristic letter shapes

Fluid: writing with an even, quick writing rhythm

Fatigue-free: writing with little and balanced pressure

Efficient: quick and yet fatigue-free writing

Individual: a personal writing style


Further reading

MARQUARDT, C.; SÖHL, K.; DIAZ-MEYER, M.: Schreibmotorik - Förderung der Handschrift. In: SchuleAktiv! (2015), Ausgabe Heft 2 / 2015, https://issuu.com/cdaverlag/docs/schule_aktiv_02_2015_mini

DIAZ MEYER, M.; SCHNEIDER, M.; MARQUARDT, C.; KNOPF, J; LUPTOWICZ, C.: Schreibmotorische Förderung bei Erstklässlern: Ergebnisse einer Interventionsstudie. In: Didaktik Deutsch (submitted)

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