How handwriting affects brain development

via image credit Michael Mabry

The New York Times just published a story that describes the relationship between learning to form letters by hand and changes to our learning and retention patterns.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

I know from personal experience that there are times when I want to write in my notebook more so than sitting down at a keyboard. There are also times when I sit down at the computer and it seems my fingers are doing the thinking (it seems my fingers write like a first-grader poopbwahahah). I’ve wanted to try dictation before but I just don’t think I could talk a blog post.

Read the article here.


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