The first day of school has come and gone and while students are at their desks listening and learning, local teachers are too. On Friday, Oct. 8, local educators will be learning to teach handwriting by singing and dancing, banging and waving wooden sticks and moving around the room.

This is part of a Handwriting Without Tears workshop, an effective handwriting curriculum that is being taught locally and around the world.

Studies show, and many educators agree, that students who write well by hand do better overall in school. Even in the digital age, this fundamental skill is the primary way students communicate with teachers. Additionally, many standardized tests including the SAT have handwritten essay sections.

The expert leading the program Terri Foster, OTR/L, Handwriting Without Tears, is available to discuss the importance of this skill and share suggestions to help parents boost their children’s handwriting this school year.

The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Warren Community School.