The old becomes new again with the recent conclusion from experts that hand writing helps children learn. In Waldorf education, this is a premise for all grade levels. Students create their own "text" books where they write and draw their lessons after using their sense of sound, sight and movement to be introduced to the lesson. Waldorf education is about a balanced approach in using the heart, hands and head (the opposite being other schools bring children into their "heads" before they are developmentally ready causing problems down the road). Lessons in Waldorf education often cover many different aspects, for example, a nature story introduces children in class one to arithmetic, botany, science, geometry, reading and writing. The student's action in creating the story in their own books, completes the wholistic approach of Waldorf education. This philosophy as brought forth by Rudolf Steiner since 1929, has helped to nuture students who become independent, balanced free thinkers.
Here is the "new" research as published in the Globe and Mail on January 25 2011:
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 5:00PM EST
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 11:25AM EST
Write it, don’t type it
“The process of putting pen to paper and reading from a book seems to imprint knowledge in the brain in a better way than using a keyboard and computer screen,” The Daily Telegraph reports. “Reading and writing involves a number of senses and when writing by hand our brain receives feedback from our muscles and fingertips, [researchers] say. These kinds of feedback are stronger than those we receive when touching and typing on a keyboard and strengthens the learning mechanism, according to the findings published in the journal Advances in Haptics. It also takes more mental effort and time to write by hand and so this is thought to also help imprint memories.”