Turn your child into a maths magician?

Is All This Typing Actually Damaging Your Child's Learning?
Today our children are spending more and more time using computers and tablets - it’s the new whizz bang shiny thing to do-but can this actually be holding your child back?
StayOnTrack (www.stayontrack.co.nz) has held to a strong emphasis of writing by hand on our math funsheets- and we have strong reasons why we hold to writing rather than typingor even worse-touchscreens!

Study says children who are encouraged to write have sharper brains than those who type more. For adults, typing may be a fast and efficient alternative to writing it all out, but that very efficiency may diminish our ability to process new information.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

There is a strong and proven link between the brain and what the hand writes. Writing increases activity in the brain, there is recognition and memorisation that is activated by the actual writing of the numbers.

‘A 2012 study led by Karin James, a psychologist at Indiana University, lent support to that view. Children who had not yet learned to read and write were presented with a letter or a shape on an index card and asked to reproduce it in one of three ways: trace the image on a page with a dotted outline, draw it on a blank white sheet, or type it on a computer. They were then placed in a brain scanner and shown the image again.

The researchers found that the initial duplication process mattered a great deal. When children had drawn a letter freehand, they exhibited increased activity in three areas of the brain that are activated in adults when they read and write: the left fusiform gyrus, the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior parietal cortex.

By contrast, children who typed or traced the letter or shape showed no such effect. The activation was significantly weaker.’

Writing engages your child in a way that typing does not, it not only activates the brain but it also requires your child to think about what letters or numbers they are forming, and the meaning behind them.

It leaves an imprint and a pattern in the brain that tapping on computer keys does not.

StayOnTrack’s funsheets in the foundations of mathematics: addition, subtraction, division and multiplication provide a daily fifteen minutes of full mental and physical stimulation. We want your children to get the most out of this time and so freehand writing is the best choice!

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