Image via WikipediaYou know, the good old days required a lot more hand eye coordination. Some of it, I guess, is that ultimately children would join a workforce that produced things manually, thus requiring good hand-eye coordination.
"Why did I include these scans in the Eye Can Too! Read blog? I wanted to make a statement about what kinds of activities were done at the reading readiness, preschool level in the eras before television, plastic playgrounds, and Game Boys. The eye-hand coordination required to do any of these crafts is far more mature than we expect from fifth graders today, let alone from five year olds. Not only did these children have to demonstrate very fine motor control, this kind of close work would have strengthened their eye movements so that they could gain experience converging on near point images long before they were expected to use those eye movements to decode the meaning of text."
Eye Can Too! Read: Eye Hand Coordination as Demonstrated by Kindergarten Students 100 Years Ago: