We’ve been having some trouble teaching handwriting lately. My son doesn’t seem to possess the dexterity to hold his pencil correctly, and getting him to write letters going in the right direction is anything but easy. I suddenly realized that using chopsticks is much like hold a pencil. And I can’t use chopsticks. Maybe that explains my less than desirable handwriting.
Teaching a child to use chopsticks may be a good way to sharpen his handwriting skills. I had a professor in college who told us that teaching Latin first would give a child a good basis on which to learn English grammar. Why can’t the same principle be applied with eating sushi? Using chopsticks will get your child used to the proper method for holding a pen or pencil. Think about it; once he has mastered chopsticks, writing correctly should be a piece of cake.
Using sushi as a teaching method isn’t really that strange. If we can teach fraction with a pizza and chemistry while baking a cake, certainly there is a lesson to be found in eating a simple piece of sushi.