As your Learning Coach, I’d like to introduce you to a new sport.
Learning this sport will not only help you develop eye-hand coordination, it will help develop your brain so that you can express your thoughts more easily. Like other sports, practicing the right kind of skills will help prepare you for success.
Thousands of people have attempted this sport and decided (prematurely) that it is not for them. However, if you have learned the skill of brushing your teeth, you have the potential to become good at this amazing brain-developing sport.
You will need special equipment. But instead of a ball or racket, for this sport you will need pen and paper. Let me introduce you to the amazing sport of Handwriting.
According to Richard O’Conner’s book Rewire, our brains function on three levels—conscious thoughts, automatic thoughts, and underlying assumptions. All three areas need special consideration if you want to have success at the sport of Handwriting. Let’s take them in reverse order.
One of the biggest opponents you will face in developing skill at the sport of Handwriting is your own mindset. If you are convinced that your handwriting is terrible and there is no hope for you in this sport—you will tend towards being close-minded and unteachable.
If your handwriting has been horrible years (or if you are trying to help someone with horrible handwriting), you may feel despair. However, there is hope. Most everyone (older child, teen, or grown up) can see significant handwriting changes once they practice well the smaller skills that make up good handwriting. Stop listening to lies that will keep you trapped where you are.
You likely use your brain on auto-pilot when you brush your teeth or do other activities that you’ve done repeatedly. We can generally multi-task when tasks are automatic. The brain can become highly skilled at multi-tasking, but it can’t multi-focus.
This is why those who do not master handwriting skills may have amazing thoughts but they struggle to express those thoughts on paper. If I have to both think of my amazing thought AND think how to form the letters at the same time—my brain jams up. This is why it is important to learn the best letter formation to the point of it becoming automatic.
When a new pathway is formed in the brain, it is sort of like a dirt road. However, the more often you travel that road, the more that road becomes paved (or in brain speak—becomes coated with miler, the fatty substance that allows information to flow more freely around your neuronal highway.)
Developing new handwriting pathways in is challenging, but it will help you pave communication pathways.
Conscious thoughts are the opposite of having your brain on auto pilot. Learning handwriting will take a lot of conscious thought. This is why time on handwriting should be
SHORT because your brain can only take conscious thought in small intervals.
FOCUSED because if you practice wrong, you make it harder for your brain to know what path to milenate.
FUN because you won’t stick with it if you associate learning handwriting with dull drudgery.
Want to know more about how you can develop skill at this amazing sport? Stay tuned. This is just one in a series of posts that will help you develop your brain by developing your handwriting.
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