Writing Tips For The Brain
Enjoy these writing tips and use whatever works.
In case you didn’t know writing by hand is great for the brain.
Whether it’s hand writing, story writing or copying from the board, the classroom focus has shifted. With the constant changes in technology it’s hard for teachers to keep the same practices in play and stimulate the brain, I hope these tips help.
We now spend less than a third of the time writing in class compared to the ‘OLDEN DAYS’ when I was at school. ‘OLDEN DAYS’ is a term my son uses to describe my youth and I remember using the same term with my dad.
One of the main reasons handwriting benefits your brain in so many ways is the fact that you’re using more of it. It’s the old, “Use It Or Lose It” analogy.
It gives children time to process information. This is great for those kids that seem to always be ‘PLAYING CATCH UP’ in the classroom.
It co-ordinates the left and right brain and helps make connections to prior knowledge. This is when children experience those
“LIGHT BULB MOMENTS”- when groups of information come together and make sense.
Taking pen to paper also inspires more creative thought and helps with problem solving skills.
Writing by hand helps exercise the parts of the brain that promote better focus and attention.
Here are a few ideas to help encourage writing at home: –
- Have a white board up on the wall and write messages or questions daily.
- Get your children to help write the shopping list then tick off as the items go into the trolley.
- Print out photos of the family and write funny captions underneath each photo.
- Get a pen friend or relative that your child writes to each week/month.
- Have a word wall where you write new and interesting words which everyone must use in a sentence every day. This exercise is also beneficial for improving vocabulary.
- Give kids time to write absolutely anything for 5 minutes. Let them see that they can write a lot. Let them do this without correction and explain that you just want them to write as much as they can about whatever they want with no judgement.
- Bath crayons are great and make things more interesting than just writing on paper.
- Some studies show that writing about what you are grateful for, especially before bed, can help improve sleep.
I hope these tips have given you some inspiration.
As far as the brain is concerned,
“The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard”
With less time in the classroom being spent on writing by hand, there is less time growing the neural pathways necessary to formulate ideas, retain information, organise thoughts and focus.
Now it’s just a matter of implementing a writing strategy that will work for your child.