Saving Handwriting For Our Children’s Sake

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The writer’s crest on my class ring has a pen, not a computer. I’ll always be a fan of the truly WRITTEN word.

I’ve already told you guys how much I love my journals and being able to sit down and write with my sons.  Did you know that many of our kids are losing that skill in favor of typing on the phone?  A study done on our young adult’s writing abilities as adults is downright depressing, but it’s something we can help the next generation avoid.  Bic is giving you a way to help schools give children fun ways to practice their handwriting without spending a dime.  The press release on their initiative is below.

My advice for your own children though, is to buy colored pens, a cheap notebook, and lots of stickers.  Let them make the notebook their own and fill it up with their thoughts and dreams.  In no time, you can look from page to page and watch their handwriting evolve as they develop a style that’s all their own.

Shelton, Conn. – Amid numerous technological advancements, the evolution of smartphones, and a decreased focus on writing in U.S. schools, BIC, a leading manufacturer of writing instruments, is embarking on a new campaign to educate and energize parents and educators about the importance of writing and its continued benefits for children.

“Writing is an essential tool for learning,” said Pam Allyn, literacy advocate, education expert, author and founder of LitWorld, a global organization that advocates for children’s rights as readers, writers and learners. “The practice of writing helps with learning letters and shapes, and can improve idea composition and expression, as well as fine motor-skill development – all important foundations for future success.”

According to Allyn, writing fosters children’s emotional growth, helps develop critical thinking skills, and improves academic achievement.

A recent report from the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC), suggests that one of the best predictors of whether a child will function competently in school – and go on to contribute actively in our increasingly literate society – is the level to which the child progresses in reading and writing.

“BIC’s campaign really shines a light on the importance of writing in our lives, and also gives parents the tools to join in our crusade,” added Allyn.

In support of the campaign, BIC has launched www.BICFightForYourWrite.com, which offers more information about the importance of writing and will provide parents with ideas and activities to encourage writing in their home. BIC will also invite parents and students to sign a petition to save writing and enter for a chance to win BIC products. In return for signing the petition, BIC will donate writing instruments to school districts in
need across the U.S.

“BIC stationery products make writing fun,” said Susan Lanzarotto, Director, Stationery Marketing. “Writing comes in all different forms. Our goal is to celebrate its benefits and to help inspire children to want to write.”

For more information, and to join the “Fight for Your Write” crusade, visit www.BICFightForYourWrite.com.

About BIC Consumer Products USA:
BIC Consumer Products USA (www.bicworldusa.com) is a leading manufacturer of stationery products, lighters and shavers. Since its founding more than 50 years ago, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, affordable products that are accessible to all. Through this unwavering dedication, BIC has become one of the most recognized brands in the world today, delivering “More for your money…Always!”

About Pam Allyn:
Pam Allyn, spokesperson for Fight for Your Write, is the Executive Director and founder of LitWorld, a global organization advocating for children’s rights as readers, writers and learners. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of LitLife, a national organization dedicated to school improvement. Pam is an acclaimed author and is widely known as a motivational speaker advocating for reading and writing as human rights that belong to all people. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah Radio, The Huffington Post and in The New York Times.

Brooke

I'm busy diving into motherhood stilettos-first while earning a modest living from my couch. I have an obsession with baking and a passion for handmade products. Connect with me on Google+.

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