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.


6 thoughts on “A-R-L-O

  1. Oh, you cannot know how much I needed to read this today! Moving my kid to the “extra help” preschool because he doesn’t have two shits to give about milestones lately. And a little voice in the back of my head is saying, “Maybe he has a bad case of being a little boy and you should pump your brakes?” And the other little voice says, “Fix what needs fixin,” UGH.


  2. Oh man. School. Emma was placed in an small group at school because she needs extra help with math. She also works one-on-one with her teacher. She’s doing horrible. All I want to do is give her a calculator!! ha


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