Links to a few recommended articles:


Silicon Valley Execs limiting their children's exposure to devices in the classroom.

https://www.educationnews.org/technology/silicon-valley-tech-execs-sending-kids-to-tech-free-schools/


"Even after only one hour of screen time daily, children and teens may begin to have less curiosity, lower self-control, less emotional stability and a greater inability to finish tasks, reports San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge and University of Georgia psychology professor W. Keith Campbell."    https://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety/research/screen-time-linked-to-anxiety-and-depression-in-children.shtml

 


Why writing notes is more effective than typing:

https://effectiviology.com/handwriting-vs-typing-how-to-take-notes/


Did you know 4th graders are using Juul?   If you don't know what this is, you need to read this...  https://www.workingmother.com/what-parents-need-to-know-about-juuling-latest-vaping-trend#page-4


Why start with cursive:

"Here are some reasons why you might consider teaching cursive handwriting first:

  • Ease of teaching cursive – There are 3 main strokes – under curve, over curve and up and down. Print has at least 6 including various shapes and perfect circles i.e. pre-writing lines.
  • Prevents reversals and confusion of letters – “b” and “d” are the most common reversals in print.
  • Less potential for errors – cursive is a continuous, fluid movement, which leaves room for fewer errors)
  • Enforces skills and patterns for reading and writing – in cursive, all lower case letters start at the bottom, as opposed to print which starts at various points depending on the letter.
  • Prevents too much space between letters and words – The flow of cursive handwriting is from left to right which encourages spatial discipline. In print, children often have letters too close together or words spaced too far apart.
  • Helps left-handed children – This one really surprised me, but makes sense. With print, the left-handed child will write printing from left to right but will cover what he has written with his arms. This is called the hook position. In cursive writing, the left-handed child learns to write from the bottom up and turns the paper clockwise which increases comfort and legibility.
    • (Source: Blumenfeld & Logic of English – see below for links)"
  • https://www.growinghandsonkids.com/teach-print-cursive-handwriting-first.html