In a world that is dominated by technology, tablets and pressing keys rather than writing things down, it’s still so important to put pen to paper, especially for children.. and here’s just a few reasons why:
It is scientifically proven that there is a link between learning to write and learning to read in children, something which is not achieved in the same way when typing on a tablet or computer. The link between handwriting and the brain then continues to situations later in life, for example taking notes for an exam. Studies show that those who take notes by hand had a far greater chance of remembering what they had learnt than those who chose to type their notes on a tablet/PC. But why?
Yes I’m about to get about as scientific as I know how, brace yourselves..
Handwriting activates regions within the brain and strengthens and develops neural connections. Typing is simply a matter of memorising what key is where on a keyboard, whereas handwriting requires a cognitive process which helps motor skills, and you retain more of the information that you take in. It all sounds very technical and in a way it is, but that just reinforces it’s importance.
Thankfully there are still brands who are dedicated to briging out unique, innovative and fun designs to keep all ages interested in pens, pencils and even the notebooks and pads that go with them. With bright and colourful pens, right and left-handed pens, ballpoint pens, fountain pens, pens specifically designed to help young children learn to write and so many more different styles and designs available, it’s so encouraging to see in this day and age.
Handwriting does, however, still rely on us all to keep it alive. So whether you are already an avid pen fan, like me, or this blog post has simply made you think about handwriting in a different way then why not share the message and spread some pen love. You can use any of the links provided to share this post, or you can encourage others to put that pen to paper.
I’ve made this blog post short so as not to bombard you with information, but if you would like to know more about this topic then please do head on over to the National Handwriting Association to learn more. NHA