It might seem like teaching your kids how to write by hand is pretty obsolete now that we all have a range of devices on which to communicate our thoughts and feelings via the written word, but actually, there are numerous benefits to handwriting. For one thing, learning how to write can help children develop their manual dexterity and fine motor skills. For another, most young children are still required to write by hand at school, and if they’re writing is illegible, it could make life difficult for them, you and their teachers. That’s the last thing you want!
If your child is having trouble with their handwriting, here are some things you can do to help them master it:
Have Them Hold the Pen Differently
If your kid has terrible handwriting, it could be because he or she is holding her pencil too high. This is fine for drawing, but when it comes to writing, where you need to be more precise, holding the pencil closer to its point, gripping it with the thumb, middle and index fingers is the best way to do things, So, check their technique and show them the ‘right’ way to do it.
Use Lined Paper
It’s easier for children to write well when they are using lined paper, simply because the lines act as a guide to show them what size their capital letters should be in comparison to lowercase. It also helps them to focus on their pencil control, which can produce better results.
Take it Slow
Sometimes, children’s’ bad handwriting is a symptom of them rushing to get things done. When they slow down and really focus on what they’re doing, their letters and words will become infinitely more legible, and they’ll be impressed by just how well they really can write.
Take the Pressure Off
Another potential problem could be that they’re pressing down much harder than necessary when they write. This makes it harder to create streamlined letters and can even cause the paper to rip and tear. Show them how to handle their pencil lightly and you might just seen an improvement.
See a Specialist
If your child has real writing problems that can’t be corrected by any of the means above, it might be worth getting in touch with a paediatric occupational therapy clinic because trouble with writing can be a symptom of dysgraphia and other health issues, which they might be able to help with. You won’t know until you’ve had them checked out.
Play with Them
Playing games that force your children to do a lot of writing is a great way to get them practising their handwriting without it feeling like a chore, and as you know, practice makes perfect. If they’re very young, it might just be that they aren’t spending enough time on their writing to have it improve and anything you can do to change that will be worthwhile for them.
Now, have some fun writing stories, doing crosswords and encouraging your children to write more!