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Wisdom of Waldorf – The Benefits of Handwriting

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This week’s article is about the benefits of handwriting.

Virginia Berninger, a professor emerita of education at the University of Washington, states that “when we write a letter of the alphabet, we form it component stroke by component stroke, and that process of production involves pathways in the brain that go near or through parts that manage emotion.”

Handwriting is integral to Waldorf education. Form drawing using hands, feet and the whole body is the first step in becoming familiar with the basic components of letters as well as the basic forms that are implicit in even the most complex geometric forms. This is not only pedagogically sound, it supports brain development.


– Sandra Easter, PhD

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