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How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

How Handwriting can Improve Your Kid's IQ

??B 4 u rd any further grab ur kid’s cell & hide it. (LOL). You may not have to resort to such dire tactics but an October 6, 2010 article in The Week titled,” How Writing by Hand Makes Kids Smarter” indicated that handwriting can improve your child’s IQ.

The article notes a study by University of Wisconsin psychologist Virginia Berninger, who found that writing activated sequential finger movements, which engaged short-term memory, thought and language sectors of the brain.

On a superficial level, those with excellent penmanship were also deemed smarter than those with illegible handwriting, according to Steve Graham, a professor of education at Vanderbilt University. He also noted that neatly written essays on standardized tests like the SAT merited higher scores as well.

On the flipside, technology has made it all too easy to become lax in constructing a sentence and even spelling a simple word. Many cellphones and computers now do the work for us.

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

Old Town Manassas Farmer's Market Open

OLD TOWN MANASSAS FARMER’S MARKETS OPEN

Local, Fresh Produce Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

Old Town Manassas Farmer’s Markets are open Thursdays and Saturdays, now through November. The Thursday Farmer’s market is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harris Pavilion and the Saturday market, located in Lot B, is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  For more information about the Historic Manassas, Inc., call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

It’s definitely a sign of spring when our local Farmer’s markets open for business, and we’re happy to host a place for our community to purchase local produce, said Debbie Haight, Historic Manassas, Inc. executive director.

Hop Around Old Town Manassas in April

Hop Around Old Town Manassas in April

HOP AROUND OLD TOWN MANASSAS in APRIL

Old Town Manassas Shoppers Can Win Oversized Plush Bunny

Old Town Manassas is featuring “Hop Around Old Town” from Mon., April 18 through Sat., April 23. Participating Old Town Manassas shops will feature a ‘Hop Around Old Town’ pennant on their shop doors.  Shoppers will pick a ‘prize egg’ with every purchase and possibly receive an Easter treat, a prize from a participating shop, or an oversized plush bunny, based on availability.  For more information, please visit www.visitmanassas.org or call 703.361.6599. 

“Hop Around Old Town” is a simple, family fun event that involves favorite Easter goodies, like prize eggs, plush bunnies and treats for everyone to enjoy.

City Square Cafe Features Chef Barolin’s Easter Specials on Sun., April 24

 

 

CITY SQUARE CAFÉ Features Chef Barolin’s Easter Specials on Sun., April 24

Old Town Manassas Bistro Serves Easter Brunch Favorites

On Easter Sunday, Apr., 24, City Square Café is offering favorite Easter brunch items from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices vary with menu selections. Reservations are recommended, call 703.369.6022.

Silver Diner Looking for Young Washingtonians to Star in TV Commercial

Silver Diner Looking for Young Washingtonians to Star in TV Commercial

Young fans of the Silver Diner, ‘Next Generation’ diner of choice in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area, can audition to be spotlighted in the restaurant’s upcoming TV ad campaign. By filming homemade audition tapes, children ages 5 to 12 can upload their videos to YouTube – with a chance of being selected as one of the featured star talents.

As part of the restaurant’s initiative to communicate the importance of incorporating fresh and local ingredients in traditional menu items, Silver Diner has engaged in a strategic communications campaign, kicking off with a TV commercial set to air throughout the Washington, D.C. media market.

Continuing with the restaurant’s mission to be an active and engaged member of its local communities, Silver Diner is looking for children who are familiar with the diner and understand the importance of eating healthier.

Entertaining on a Budget in Metro DC

Entertaining on a Budget in Metro DC

It is possible to both entertain AND enrich your kids on a budget in the DC metro area. Living close to the nation's capitol offers a wide array of possibilities, including the always-popular Smithsonian Museums National Air and Space and the National Zoo are (or should be) at the top of your list. Here are five more for you to consider:

Manassas National Battlefield Park
12521 Lee Highway Manassas, VA 20109
703.361.1339
nps.gov/mana
Cost: Children 16 and under, free; Sixteen yrs. and up, $3 per person (good for three days)

Please help WHS win $100,000 to save more animals lives!

Please vote for WHS in the ASPCA's $100K Challenge to save lives. The money would be used to help WHS save more animals in DC