23 Jan, 2017

Back to the Future?

In his book “Letter Perfect: the Marvelous History of our Alphabet,” David Sacks describes the specific origin of each letter from A to Z. Prior to the assignment of sounds, people used pictures to communicate. By 2000 BC, the Egyptians invented a writing system composed of symbols that represented the […]

9 Feb, 2016

Writing Improves Writing

Does that seem repetitious? Maybe, but it’s true! Handwriting, or what teachers often refer to as a transcription skill, is critical on its own. But what you may not now is that improving handwriting skills has been demonstrated to improve a child’s compositional skills, including compositional fluency. According to many […]

7 Feb, 2016

Racing Ahead in Technology; Falling Behind in Movement

In my career spanning over 25 years working on hand skills with children, I have noticed a worrisome trend. Children cannot use their hands. I observe many children in restaurants and schools using a tablet computer or smart phone. A simple “swipe” permits the child to control these devices with […]