Drawing and writing with Goose Feathers

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Today I read an article entitled : “ Technology may script an end to the art of cursive writing

How Incredibly Sad!

As more and more children learn their first words and letters on the computer, I wonder what they are missing out on.  Handwriting is not only good for the brain but its good for the spirit too.

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A new study that compared the different brain processes used for writing by hand and typing has found that there are cognitive benefits to putting a pen to paper. These findings give support to the continued teaching of penmanship and handwriting in schools. Full story here: Why does writing make us smarter

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“Handwriting is a complex task which requires various skills – feeling the pen and paper, moving the writing implement, and directing movement by thought,” says Edouard Gentaz, professor of developmental psychology at the University of Geneva. “Children take several years to master this precise motor exercise: you need to hold the scripting tool firmly while moving it in such a way as to leave a different mark for each letter.”

Your handwriting is unique.

We can create something beautiful and unique: The paper, the pencil, the quill – they have come from the earth. There is something magical about the tactile experience of writing with a pen or pencil (or quill). There is an element of dancing involved when we write, a melody in the script – it is organic and soulful.

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The Joy of Learning – Writing is fun, especially when you experiment with a Quill.

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Handwriting is part of what makes us Human!

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I’d like to share a little story with you…

SMALL ACTS OF KINDNESS

When Nana Jenny past away last November, I asked my kids if they would write to Grandpa George. I explained he would be feeling very lonely back in Scotland all by himself. So for the last 8 months, every second week or so, Samuel and Jasmine have written short, simple letters, each with a little picture, sharing their weeks adventures.

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Grandpa George tells me how much he looks forward to checking the post. It gets him out. “Opening up their letters and reading their wonderful tales all about Canada gifts me so much joy Marghanita. It makes me happy knowing they are happy. I feel loved.”

Hand written letters are precious.

How long ago did you write your last “proper” letter, using a pen and a sheet of writing paper? Have you received a hand-written letter lately?

Make someone’s day brighter – write them a letter!

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LONG LIVE THE PEN, PENCIL OR QUILL!

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The Benefits of the Nature Art Program
Studies have proven that playing and creating in a natural environment provides many benefits including:

  • Increases creativity
  • Increases imaginative play
  • Increases attention
  • Cultivates gratitude and mindfulness
  • Nurtures love, honor and respect
  • Increases confidence
  • Increases problem solving skills and teamwork
  • Results in social inclusion
  • Develops a deep connection with nature and all living things
  • Provides positive social interactions for all children
  • Improves agility, coordination and balance
  • Develops risk assessment abilities and critical thinking skills
  • Develops strength and endurance
  • Reduces childhood obesity
  • Heightens overall use of senses

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Writing Makes Us Smarter

Children who don’t learn the skill of handwriting, like generations before them had to, may be missing out on an important developmental process: Read the full story:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/16/why-does-writing-make-us-_n_900638.html

Losing our grip: More students entering school without fine motor skills

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