Monday, October 23, 2006

Handwriting Skills

From the London Telegraph

Computer age is threatening the handwriting skills of children
Nina Goswami
Last Updated: 11:33pm BST 21/10/2006

For centuries learning to write joined-up letters has been an integral part of children's education, but that is now being threatened by the computer revolution.

Research from the United States shows that five out of six pupils leave school having been unable to master the skill, technically known as cursive writing. Instead, the majority of students print their words, while some resort to writing in block capitals.

Experts believe a similar situation is developing here.

More here

This reminds me that I need to "get on it" when it comes to handwriting skills. My nine year old is very resistent to it.

Maybe by focusing on the historical angle (he's a history fanatic). Also, I think just showing him this article will help. Like everyone, he likes to feel he's good at something that most people struggle with.

Today we upack or start to unpack the schoolroom. It's a little chilly down there. The room has a huge wood stove but we need to place a fire proof mat under it and have the fire chief check out the pipe and such for saftey. I'm very anxious to get all that done. This place will really feel like home with a cozy fire burning.


1 comment:

leftlucer said...
Wow, long link. The Washington Post talked a little about this, as well. You might want to check it out.
P.S. Beautiful photo of you and your baby.