How To Help Your Child Practice Their Handwriting

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Handwriting is important. It will be what leads your child to good grades in high school, understood memos at work, and an easier time at writing all sorts of pieces as they age. However, it isn't easy to teach your child handwriting. As it becomes less of a focus at school, it is a good idea to work with your children at home. One of the things that needs to be remembered when working with your child is that practice is really the key to having good handwriting. The more you practice the easier it will be to form letters properly and to have a legible hand.

Step 1

Understand the basics to good handwriting. Good handwriting is formed from three basic ideas.

  • First there is the letter formation. All letters have a starting point, a stopping point, and a basic structure. Forming them correctly will give them a look that is easily identifiable.
  • Second, sizing is very important. Letters should be formed so that their parts are the right size in relation to the rest of them, but also to their neighbors for easy reading. Spacing is the third part of good handwriting.
  • Letters should be spaced out enough to see them as separate but close enough to form words. On the other hand words should be spaced out enough so that the brain sees them as words.

These three things need to be accomplished for good handwriting. For more information on how to do that (other then practice) see some of the links included below.

Step 2

Make it a priority in your life. If you have horrible handwriting and never work on it, your child isn't going to want to work on it in his life either. After all, if you get by, then he will, too. On the other hand, if you work on your handwriting, then he will be more inclined to do the same. You can practice as well as make it a priority to write some things such as letters and cards or notes by hand.

Step 3

Start as early as possible. Handwriting starts at a young age. It is important to start early. If you are reading this and your child is older then it still can be done, but will be harder. Start as soon as it becomes a concern or priority for you.

Step 4

Give them lots of opportunities to play. It may seem a little funny that play is an important part of handwriting. However, it takes a lot of muscles to make your letters look good, as well as hand eye coordination. Activities that can strengthen the muscles in the hand and or aid with hand eye coordination are:

  • Finger painting (Hand eye coordination)
  • Working with clay or dough (Often both hand eye coordination and strengthening)
  • Climbing bars at the play ground (Mostly strength)
  • Tracing-Get tracing paper and have your child trace pictures out of a coloring book (hand eye coordination)
  • Squirt guns (strengthening) Have them squirt letters and words on the side of a building or aim at something (hand eye coordination)
  • Video games-It is true that most parents don't want their kids playing very many video games, but there are advantages to it. If you are concerned then pick educational games and set time limits. (This improves both strength and hand eye coordination, but is especially good for hand eye coordination).  

Step 5

Be encouraging. Your encouragement is one of the most important aspects of teaching your child anything. Be encouraging when they are right and when they are wrong. Make sure you don't over criticize. It is much better to over praise!

Step 6

Gently correct any mistakes that they make. Gently correct their mistakes and show them how they could do it better. Be willing to sit down and practice with them so that they can make improvements.

Step 7

Use practice paper. Practice paper helps make it easier to write out the letters and see that they are as they should be. This is the paper with the large spaces and the dotted lines in the middle. You can use it to practice each letter as well as for sentences and such.

Step 8

Let them practice on a chalkboard or whiteboard (dry erase board). This can be a lot of fun, a good change of pace, and an excellent way to work on forming correct letters, as well as dealing with correct sizing and spacing issues. 

Step 9

Make handwriting part of other activities. If they are learning spelling words or writing a story then have them be careful when they write it all out. It is good to make handwriting important every time they write something down.

Step 10

Make handwriting part of other activities. If they are learning spelling words or writing a story then have them be careful when they write it all out. It is good to make handwriting important every time they write something down.


Handwriting is important to each of us. While many schools are opting to include it in their lessons and often slack off on it in later years, it is still important for our everyday lives as children, teens, and adults. The most important aspect of improving our handwriting is practice. Today is a good day to start on a future of legible and even good handwriting!

 

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