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How to Incorporate Handwriting in Everyday Life

Handwriting is one of the many ways to celebrate individuality, identity, and self expression! However, with the instant gratification of social media and email, people are starting to use alternative forms of communication to reach out to friends and loved ones.

At Zebra, we value the power of handwriting! We believe that life’s moments are worth celebrating, and we know the impact of the written word. If you’re like us, you want to preserve the sentimental value of handwriting for generations to come. Here are just some of the many ways to incorporate handwriting into your everyday life!

Journals

A great way to incorporate handwriting into everyday life is to keep a journal! Rather than using an online journal, you can purchase a journal that is unique to you, and build up a collection of pens that suit your writing needs! For those that need a strong, reliable pen that will last, turn to the Steel line. For those that prefer a smooth, rapidly drying writing experience, select a Sarasa gel pen. Keeping a daily journal can allow you to practice cursive, neater handwriting, or accept your handwriting for what it is! Regardless of how you hand-write, you are preserving an art of individuality, and creating a keepsake you can look back on for years to come.

Notes and Drafts

If you’re a student, there are many ways you can use handwriting. Many experts say using taking notes with traditional pen and paper is more effective than taking notes on a computer or other device. When it comes to writing essays and papers, handwriting ideas to brainstorm and organize your thoughts is a great way to strategically complete an assignment.

Cards

If you have older parents or grandparents who may not use cellphones to text or computers to email, use write them a card or letter! Not only will your loved ones be thrilled to receive your message, writing them a card will help them feel more connected to you. There is something special about opening an envelope and finding a card handwritten by someone you care about!

Reminders

Using handwriting to jot down quick reminders on a sticky note is a great way to keep track of your tasks. You can handwrite your food shopping list to not only remind you of what you need, but also take time away from your phone! When you write something down, you’ll find that you recall it better than simply repeating it over and over in your head or typing it on your phone.

Love Letters

A handwritten letter to your significant other or spouse can be one of the most meaningful ways to communicate with them. Even if you talk to him or her each day, writing them letters during special times of year will not only organize your thoughts and feelings onto paper for them, it can be something that they can keep forever and ever as well. Writing a love letter is a great way to show you care, because you have taken time out of your life to sit down with a pen and paper and express your feelings to them.

Using handwriting in your daily life is a great way to relax, unplug from electronics, and connect with those around you. Take time to cherish life’s moments, and find zen in enlightened writing!

Cursive: How to Teach Your Kids at Home

As a parent, we stay busy.  We go to Little League games and dance recitals, movie nights and birthday parties.  In the midst of the fast-paced day, we often miss the details.  Though our kids are learning more every day, and have access to quite literally the world, some of the things we take for granted are falling to the wayside.

Take cursive handwriting.

Cursive is disappearing from the classrooms, yielding to an era of word-processing prowess and textable data.  But more and more parents are realizing that, whether they homeschool or send their kids to a traditional setting, they want their children to know how to read and write in cursive.  Just the simple act of writing your name takes on an elegance no block letter can provide.

And who doesn’t like to receive a handwritten letter in the mail?

It’s hard to find the time to develop a curriculum yourself, so we’ve made it simple.  By combining our Cadoozles mechanical pencils with these handy tips and resources, you can guide your little scholar to cursive comfort in no time at all.

So, what do you need to do?

  1. First, if you do not currently home school or have a homework area set aside, find a great spot with a flat surface and no distractions. Kids don’t necessarily take to this right away, and can be easily dragged away by disruptions.
  2. Decide on the length of time to be devoted to this project. Take into account how much homework your child already has to complete, as well as extracurricular activities.  This can be taken on slowly, with a new letter every few days, or if your child is excited, in a few weekends.
  3. Make sure you’ve selected an appropriate writing implement. The child-friendly grip and patterns, and roll-resistant design, of our fun Cadoozles makes a tedious task more enjoyable.
  4. Consider developing a reward system to coordinate with the project. As each new upper and lowercase letter is learned, have your child color in a chart.  When they complete it, come up with an appropriate and fun activity or prize.
  5. Incorporate history into the lesson! Show your child historical documents and let them pick out letters they can identify as they go.  Let them know how much cursive has changed over the centuries; make sure to include more recent historical documents and letters (how about family records?)
  6. Ask your friends and family to get involved! Request letters to your child on social media.  You’ll be stunned by just how many people love the idea, and your child will be thrilled to check the mail every day.  Once your child is a bit more comfortable, have them write responses and include one of your own so your child can see your handwriting too.  Your family and friends will love it.
  7. BE PATIENT! This is hard stuff; give them time and take frequent breaks

Think back on when you learned cursive in school.  Handwriting is generally not taught in alphabetical order.  We’re including some resources for you to try.  You will find both pre-made and cursive worksheet generators online so try them out to find what works for you.

RESOURCES:

Handwriting Without Tears

Cadoozles help busy parents teach cursive at home

Kidzone

Cadoozles help parents teach cursive at home with proper finger placement

HandwritingWorksheets.com

These cursive worksheets help parents teach cursive at home. Cadoozles are a great pencil choice.

It’s the age of digital communication and we often get disconnected from skills we don’t use.  Are you an adult in need of a refresher on your handwriting? Check out this workbook from the National Adult Literacy Agency.  Grab some Z-Grip Plus Mechanical Pencils and get writing!

Enlightened Writing: Love Letters

Finding enlightenment is not always an easy task with our busy, hectic day-to-day lives.  As winter is still sticking around for the foreseeable future, taking the time to snuggle up indoors for some relaxation might be just what you need.  Writing is a great way to wind down, relax, and work towards your own enlightenment.  While you relax and write, you should be reflecting positively on your life, past and present.  The more you write, the more likely you are to achieve a sense of enlightenment.  Work to make writing a daily practice in your life.

EnlightenedWriting2It’s no secret that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching.  All of the pink and red hearts and candy that surround us at stores across the country serve as a reminder that the international holiday of love is upon us.  There are so many gifts that you could pick up for your significant other or loved ones.  Jewelry, chocolate, flowers…the list goes on.  But what about adding a little more of a personalized touch to your gift?  The perfect way to do that would be to handwrite a love letter.

Sometimes you may struggle to say out loud how you truly feel about someone or find it hard to tell someone how much they mean to you.  When in doubt, write it out.  Such a big part of finding enlightenment through writing is being able to express yourself without constraints and fears.  A love letter allows you the freedom to put all your deepest feelings down on paper.  Handwriting love letters make them all the more special and personal.

Another unique way to express your love for someone is through poetry.  Poetry can be straightforward or abstract, and still get your declaration of love across.  Use your creativity and write from the heart when drafting poems.  You don’t have to be the Bard or T.S. Eliot when it comes to poetry, but the special person in your life will appreciate the gesture more than you know.

At Zebra Pen, we want all of our customers to make strides on their way to achieving enlightenment, whether it is through writing or other aspects of their lives.  We know the first step to achieving enlightenment in writing is through your writing instrument, so we hope you always reach for your favorite Zebra Pen writing instrument when you write.

Use your writing to experience enlightenment and express your love for the people in your life.

Find Zen (and enlightenment) in your pen…Zebra Pen.

What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

According to research from the National Pen Company in the U.S., your handwriting can give
away clues about 5,000 different personality traits based on the way you space your letters, how you sign your name, and even how you connect the letter ‘o’ and ‘s’ to other letters in a word.

It can even be used to identify potential health problems including schizophrenia, high blood pressure as well as how much energy you have.

Check out the infographic below to learn what your handwriting says about you. It’s also fun analyzing the handwriting of your friends and family members, so be sure to hand it off or pass it along!

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Source: National Pen Company

Are Handwritten Love Letters a Vanishing Art?

For as long as people had a pen, paper and could write, the art of crafting a romantic love letter EnlightenedWriting3has been penned. But in the era of texting, tweeting, emojis and emailing, the intuitive pleasure of a handwritten love letter is largely lost.

Remember in grammar school as a kid, when the “I like you, do you like me? Check yes or no” note was passed to you in class? Now you send a text (“luv u”). Then finish the conversation with a suggestive emoji.

When it comes to sentimental value, females overwhelmingly lead the genders. Females are over twice as likely as men to keep notes, children’s schoolwork, diaries and their own creative writing, poetry and songs. Males are more likely to cherish handwritten wedding vows than females, but females have neater writing than males and believe that handwriting reflects their personality.

It’s a spectacular thing to be loved with words, and not utilitarian texts full of empty acronyms, humorous-faced emojis or emails sent two seconds before grabbing a cab. How much more precious, then, those letters of former times,  when the flow of ink, the craftsmanship of words and letters on paper, embossed paper you can touch. They delivered more than a letter, they delivered thoughtful emotions.

Nevertheless, we hope someone writes you a love letter. But better yet, we hope you start writing them. We sincerely hope you begin to construct an environment in which your relationships are able to flourish in such a way that the people you love notice the time and effort you put into a handwritten note or love letter.Are-Handwritten-Love-Letters-a-Vanishing-Art

SOURCE: A survey of 2000 people by luxury travel brand Signature from Thomas Cook

8 Reasons to Write a Handwritten Letter

Who has time to write letters anymore? Like you have all the time in the world… right?

We know sitting down and taking the time to write a handwritten letter takes time, resources and energy. With any luck this list of reasons to write letters has inspired you to pick up a pen and surprise someone with a treat in their mailbox next week! Whether you’re sending a thank you card, a postcard, or a quick “thank you” letter, I promise you they’ll love it.

You’ll be glad you took the time.

To further motivate you; here are eight reasons to write a handwritten letter now, not later. It will become a lifelong treasure to the person lucky enough to receive it:

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A Handwritten Letter is a Powerful Message

Some say writing a handwritten letter is memorable way to touch the people you love. Research says it can actually make you happier. Or maybe you have heard that it confirms the importance of a relationship, it helps you pause long enough to say things that matter or it’s a classy thing to do.

No matter what you’ve heard or what you believe, a well-written card can be some of the least expensive and most meaningful gifts you will ever give. With a few strokes of the pen, you have the power to encourage a loved one, thank a friend, or kindle a romance.

The hardest part is getting started, so let’s make it simple.

This holiday ask yourself these simple questions to get started: Who do you need to thank? Who do you appreciate most this week or this month? What friend or relative would be surprised to hear from you? Write that down right now. Now write down few thoughts that you want to add to the letter. Don’t worry about penmanship right now. Next, all you’ll need to do is find the right card, transcribe your message, slap on a stamp, and remind yourself to raise the little flag on your mailbox. It was made for a purpose. That was so easy!

Below is an infographic with a few facts on how we write.

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SOURCE: A survey of 2000 people by luxury travel brand Signature from Thomas Cook.