How Handwriting Supports The Science of Reading

What is the Science of Reading (SoR)?

“The Science of Reading (SoR) is a comprehensive body of research that encompasses years of scientific knowledge, spans across many languages, and shares the contributions of experts from relevant disciplines such as education, special education, literacy, psychology, neurology, and more… From this research, we can identify an evidence-based best practice approach for teaching foundational literacy skills called Structured Literacy.”

-IMSE Journal

5 Essential Components

The SoR identifies five essential components of Structured Literacy. These are:

        Phonemic Awareness





Handwriting and The Science of Reading

“Writing is intrinsically important for all students to learn—after all, it is the primary way beyond speech that humans communicate. But more than that, research suggests that teaching students to write in an integrated fashion with reading is not only efficient, it’s effective.”

“Students need support in their writing,” said Dana Robertson, an associate professor of reading and literacy education at the school of education at Virginia Tech who also studies how instructional change takes root in schools. “They need to be taught explicitly the skills and strategies of writing and they need to see the connections of reading, writing, and knowledge development.”

- Stephen Sawchuk — January 17, 2023  Education Week Special Report How Does Writing Fit Into the ‘Science of Reading’?

How Channie’s Handwriting Workbooks Supports The Science of Reading Instruction.

Incorporating handwriting instruction into reading instruction aligns with the principles of the science of reading and supports children during the development of foundational literacy skills. Teachers and homeschool parents can incorporate handwriting activities into all reading lessons, such as lessons with phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency instruction, and reading comprehension. Here are just a few ways, Channie’s can reinforce reading instruction. 

Phonemic Awareness is the ability to recognize phonemes. Phonemes are the smallest units of sound in a word. While children are learning to manipulate sounds orally, they can also practice writing them.  


Phonics involves matching sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. Teaching students to blend the sounds of letters helps them decode (the process of translating printed words into speech). To strengthen instruction, handwriting or encoding (the process of translating spoken words into printed words) should also be taught.

Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. Reading and writing go hand in hand. While children are learning to read words, they can also be learning how to write them as well. When children move on to sentence writing, teaching them sentence structure through writing will lay a solid foundation to different writing types, such as narrative, expository, persuasive, etc. Children also learn how different punctuation indicates different emphasis to sentences.

Vocabulary is important for language development. Children need to learn vocabulary to improve language and literacy skills. Building vocabulary helps a child communicate more effectively, however speech is only one form of expressive communication. We also communicate through writing, therefore teaching children handwriting is critical. Younger children learn vocabulary by associating words with pictures too. They can write the words and learn to draw the picture for the word.

Comprehension is the goal of reading. Comprehension is understanding of what is being read. When students can write about what they have learned, their reading comprehension improves. This is another reason handwriting is a crucial skill to teach. Younger children can also build comprehension by connecting words with pictures.

Do you need help learning how to incorporate handwriting into your reading routine for your child? Channie’s offers online tutoring too! We can help you and your child make the most of their education. We help students in general and special education.

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