Each year, as I work with students in elementary school, I continue to worry about their needs being the result of inadequate pre-handwriting skill training. In short, that really simply means how well they learned to use their hands in play activities and kinesthetic learning. Children learn to use their hands as tools to help them learn and grow from the moment they are born. However, sometimes in this accelerated learning environment the we seem to be in now, children are being asked to attempt to learn skills that are far beyond their developmental capabilities. With this in mind, I offer again my work to draw attention to the learning brain of the child.
Kinesthetic Learning and Pre-Handwriting Skills
by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L
Jean Piaget introduced the world to the learning brain of the child. Through his systematic study of cognitive development, he discovered that children simply do not learn in the same way as adults. According to his theory of cognitive child development, “children are born with a very basic mental structure … on which all subsequent learning and knowledge is based.”
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