Writing as important as typing

A BIC Back To School Survey has found that more than seven out of 10 Australian parents believe their kids are losing the skill of handwriting.

Education and parenting consultant Kathy Walker said learning to write was a skill for life and was just as important as learning to type and use a computer.

“Too much dependence too early on computer skills at the expense of creativity, moulding play dough, painting, drawing, writing and experimenting with letters can compromise or impede the early development of fine motor skills,” she said.

The survey found nearly 70% of parents believed handwriting was becoming a lost art due to our dependence on technology.

“To be able to control a pencil, Texta, pen, to be able to form letters is an important part of communication throughout life.”



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