Thursday, May 14, 2015
Writing by hand and reading
On my return trip I chanced upon an article in the Straits Times on Hand writing and how it helps with reading. In 2012 a reader of my blog Robert V. Rose, M.D. (retired) had said that the best way to learn to read is by hand writing.I have not done any research on the statement - " The best way to learn to read is by hand writing".
Some of the salient points in the article are:
"As your hand moves, the brain controls not only the mechanical movements of your hand but it also reports them back to central control"
"There are movements going back and forth, mental and physical, in a complex interplay of the body and the intellect that builds muscles and builds up the store in your memory".
"... when children perceive letters,a reading circuit in the brain is recruited and the circuit is present only after hand writing, not from tapping letters on the key-board..."
"In other words, young children need to write by hand in order to facilitate their reading skills".
"...Scientists at Indiana found that the reading circuit that became active in the brain when the children were reading were the same ones that became active during writing...."
"Think what the brain does when a child is writing: It learns and controls the shapes, compares one stroke to other strokes, it moves the hand, it recognises the words,discovers or thinks about their meaning, it learns to put them in context, compares them to other, similar words, classifies them, remembers them, and so on".
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