Article which appeared in the New York Times that references research done and the relationship found between handwriting skill instruction and learning to read and write. The article, written by Dr. Perri Klass, can be located at:
This document represents a compilation of a variety of activities that support the development of fine motor skill which is critical for student participation and access to the writing, manipulative and art based activities presented in the classroom. These skills support the use of the various tools needed for participation in these activities (i.e. pencils, markers, scissors, rulers, computer, etc).