Good handwriting is spirited in the digital age, especially for children


widenews desk: Young children can get advantage from good writing skills. We should stimulate children’s brains by helping those form letters with their hands and helps them pay attention to written language.

Writing by hand they can enhance their brain function. Typing letters doesn’t generate the same brain activity as doing it by hand. They, who find to write anything decent, need the brain-hand-pen-paper connection. A study has shown that putting pen to paper engages the mind far better than a cursor on the computer screen.

This isn’t just important for old hands, it’s crucial for childhood learning. Using their hands to form letters has significant effects on a child’s thinking. Handwriting changes brain function and can enhance brain development in the young and the old, too.

Educational psychologists believes, handwriting, forming letters, engages the mind, and that can help children pay attention to written language.

Children with good handwriting may get better marks because their work is easier for teachers to read. In practice we stimulate childrens’ brains by helping those form letters with their hands. It is indicated that the ones who had good early writing skills did better later on in school. No wonder, to write letters they need to coordinate many parts of the brain.

We use motor parts of our brain, motor planning, motor control, but what’s very critical is a region of our brain where the visual and language come together, where visual incitements actually become letters and written words.

One has to see letters in “the mind’s eye” in order to make them on the page. Brain imaging shows that the activation of this region is different in children who struggle with handwriting.

After children are taught to print they start to use their brains as adults do for processing written language, even though the children are still at a very early level as writers. For developing young children, typing the letters doesn’t seem to generate the same brain activation as writing letters by hand.

As we grow up, and in my case grow older, most of us transition to keyboard writing, but it shouldn’t be too soon. Studies on note taking have suggested that, college students who are writing on a keyboard are less likely to remember and do well on the content than if writing it by hand.



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