Writing things out with good old-fashioned pen and paper has psychological benefits for children that help them develop their brains, a new study has found.
"Emerging research shows that handwriting increases brain activity, hones fine motor skills, and can predict a child's academic success in ways that keyboarding can't," according to a Tribune article reporting findings from a new study.
Among some of those findings:
- Handwriting can change how children learn and how their brains develop.
- Good handwriting can mean better grades.
- Handwriting is faster, and "forming letters by hand may engage our thinking brains differently than pressing down on a key."
- Handwriting aids memory.
- Handwriting proficiency inspires confidence.
- Handwriting engages different brain circuits than keyboarding.
- Technology may help invigorate the practice.
Between this study and that report claiming machines are making us fat, we're starting to think old-fashioned, Amish-style living has something to it. Hello, bonnets!