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I had decided NOT to order anymore Handwriting Placemats yesterday.  Then I opened the newspaper last night and read this article.  The Handwriting Placemats are on the way to my store!

Does handwriting matter?

“Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

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.”For the full article in the NY Times Science section, copy and paste this link: