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Why do we need handwriting skills?

Why do we need handwriting skills?

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Many of you have heard me say that we must limit screen time for our toddlers and early childhood children.  The ideal would consist of no screen time under 2 years of age and no more than 30 minutes for 3 and 4 year old children!

Many schools are moving away from teaching handwriting after 1st grade and focusing on keyboarding skills.  This is a mistake.  The New York Times published an article on June 2, 2014 titled, What’s Lost as Handwriting FadesRead it here.

03WRIT-master495What is lost when we skimp on handwriting skills?  According to psychologists and neuroscientists, there is a link between handwriting and broader educational development.  Children learn to read more quickly wen they first learn to write by hand.

Montessori always taught writing skills before reading, or simultaneously.  When learning sounds that letters represent, we use sandpaper letters.  Students trace the letters while hearing the sound and seeing the letter.  The tracing reinforces muscular memory.  Hearing, seeing, touching, use three senses to learn letters.  Experts say that handwriting has links to working memory – a skill linked to long term success in school.

Plus if were are not writing when would we get a chance to doodle? And you all know that doodling can aid a person’s memory by expending enough energy to keep one from daydreaming.  But that’s a topic for a future blog!

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