During the Easter holidays, I was walking the kids through their homework assignments and asked them to pen down their tasks. They took out there worksheets and started to fill in the answers. In addition I asked my older one to write tables from 1 to 10 and also do some comprehensions to enhance his thinking and writing abilities.
After completing a few tasks, my older one says, “Mom, why should I write? Can I not answer you verbally?” No”, I answered “you need to get into the habit of writing “I said. He sulks and picks up his pencil and gets back to writing answers.
Have we forgotten to write?
But who writes? Don’t we have smart phones, laptops and other gadgets with voice recognition and auto correct facilities making spellings not an issue at all?
Yes, the digital development has made our lives easier and faster. Letters have become a possession of the past and essay writing also may loose its existence in future. Even questions are often asked in multiple choice formats in which we are just required to tick or cross.
How does it feel to find a hand written letter in archives when cleaning your room? A birthday card full of good wishes, an anniversary card in your partners hand writing? Don’t we treasure these things? We recently got a hand written letter in mail from our son, and I cannot express how overwhelmed we were in words here.
Writing has its own advantages, improves concentration, helps in remembering things, refines vocabulary and is a fantastic medium of expression. Above all writing makes you think. And to think is very important. “Think before you speak “is something we often hear, but who has the time to think, it’s always action time, right!
Happiness and sunshine