Handwriting Skills for Your Child.
Do you feel that your child needs to improve their handwriting?
Many parents find their children’s handwriting to be illegible. Fortunately for us, there are ways to improve a manuscript, and one of them is to practice.
Before we start, I want to let you know that there are two important aspects in improving your child’s handwriting skills, lots of patience and commitment.
The first steps to improve handwriting.
Writing has become less common as technology has advanced, but a child’s penmanship is essential as they learn new things. Teachers value good handwriting when it comes to school assignments, projects, and work.
It is better to start improving handwriting in the early year then continue as you get older.
Cursive writing was once a part of the elementary school curriculum, which unfortunately no longer offered as it improved fine motor skills, self discipline, and writing speed.
Let’s start with having your child master pencil control then followed by hand-eye coordination.
Posture is very essential for good handwriting. Make sure the table and chair are at the proper height for the child to maintain good posture.
Teaching proper pencil/pen holding.
To practice handwriting, some people use a gel pen or a calligraphy pen. This time we’ll start with a pencil and for practice, use the handwriting papers.
1. Place the pencil between your thumb and index finger, about half an inch above the tip
2. Place your middle finger beneath the pencil so that it rests on it. The pencil must rest on the space between the thumb and index finger on the hand.
If the child struggles with the grip, you can try with different pencil grips. You can find these in your area’s educational shops.
3. Hold the handwriting page or notebook at an angle rather than straight up and down.
4. Begin by practicing with a four-line handwriting sheet.
Before practicing letters, start with straight lines, slanting lines, sleeping lines, circles, and loops.
5. Divide the letter into groups based on their way of writing.
6. Practice the letters 20 minutes a day for 21 days.
You will see improvement in your child’s handwriting as it will become a habit to write.
Stay tuned for video instructing handwriting techniques soon.
Sign up to our Growing Caterpillar Worksheet Packet to gain access to different handwriting worksheets.
You will be able to download and use it with the child so your child can practice every day.