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Handwriting Has Psychological Health Benefits for Kids

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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!

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