Swedish first-grade children in a pilot project are starting to read, learn and network socially. They’re doing this – successfully – by writing on PCs and discussing their texts with peers and teachers. With that in mind, their teacher Annika Agélii Genlott has experimented with letting first-graders learn to read by writing on a computer before learning to write by hand. The idea is that handwriting demands dexterity and motor skills that many six-year-olds lack. So writing with a pencil has been postponed until second grade. And if Genlott’s approach is right, these kids aren’t stressed by attempting to learn too many mental and motor skills at once.
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