Waldorf schools may be unique in giving great weight to hand writing. From the early classes of our school, the children learn to write by hand and do so, beautifully and in an artistic way. They learn to use a fountain pen and they record in their main lesson books – in cursive writing – what they learn about the subjects they are studying.
As with many aspects of the Waldorf curriculum, recent scientific research is corroborating the value of the use of the hands. Studies also show a correlation between handwriting and emotional and psychological condition. Among the findings the learning of good penmanship can support the healthy development of the child; handwriting exercises can be a means to improve mood and behaviour and analysis of handwriting can be a tool for understanding a child’s development.
Handwriting is not only a medium of visual communication and an artistic and manual skill, but embodies and develops important aspects of mental, emotional and physical integration.