I’m not a pusher. I pretty much think everything a child does he does at his natural pace and for a good reason. I don’t sweat much in the way of achievements or milestones in other words, and that’s why I’m not worried about Arlo signing his name like this:
I do want to gently encourage though, as does Kris, so when we saw Arlo picking out the A-R-L-O letters on the iphone, it clicked — Let The Child Type!
He loved it. Kris sat down with him (+1) at his laptop (+1), made the font all caps and PINK (+1) and Arlo hunt-and-pecked his little heart out. He was doing so well and having so much fun I confess I did think “Why should he even bother with writing? He’ll never need it in his lifetime! Voice commands! Micro chips! Thumbprint scanning!”
I am not a teacher you’ll be grateful to know.
“Research shows that forming letters by hand, as opposed to typing them into a computer, not only helps young children develop their fine motor skills but also improves their ability to recognize letters — a capacity that, in turn, predicts reading ability at age 5.” – Time
“In learning to write by hand, even if it is just printing, a child’s brain must:
Locate each stroke relative to other strokes
Learn and remember appropriate size, slant of global form, and feature detail characteristic of each letter
Develop categorization skills.” – Somewhere else on the internet
I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: thank goodness for preschool.