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Handwriting Has Psychological Health Benefits for Kids

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    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!