Your child is ready to go to school and yet their writing level is that of a 3 year old. Panic is setting in. How do I improve my childs handwriting so they can excel at school?
Wrong pencil grasp, poor letter formation, poor sizing of letters, difficulty in copying words, the spacing of words, sense of direction, poor pencil pressure, inconsistency in upper and lower case writing, etc.
Bad handwriting skills often stem from lack of proper fine motor skill development.
Fine motor skill is the coordination of small muscles like hand and eye. The best part about fine motor skills is that these skills can be developed at any time during the day.
Ways to improve fine motor skills:
Using a spoon to eat
Creating forms with Play-dough
Drawing, colouring in and painting
Using kitchen tongs or tweezers
Hold the pencil correctly:
The first most important thing is to hold the writing tool correctly. Children love sketch pens and crayons, but to help them practice their handwriting always ensure that they use good quality pencils.
TIP – If your child has a favorite color, let them use that pencil. Psychologists have proven that color can influence concentration and can make the task more fun. Check out our blog on “Your childs favorite color shows their personality”
Don’t press too hard
If your child is tearing the paper, or breaking pencils then they are writing too hard and will build stress in their hands. Sometimes, when it comes to pencil pressure, simply helping kids become aware that they are writing too lightly or writing with too much pressure can make a big difference.
Here are 3 things you can do to make them aware of their pencil pressure:
- Use carbon paper or transfer paper to help kids become more aware of the amount of pressure they are exerting through the pencil when writing.
- Write with a mechanical pencil: The lead will break if too much pressure is applied. Children can learn to monitor the amount of pressure used and it will provide feedback on modulation of pressure.
- Practice letter formation and pencil pressure by lacing a sheet of paper over a foam computer mouse pad. If pressing too hard, the pencil point will poke through the paper
Choose the Right Stationary
Do not provide the child plain white paper or regular ruled pages to start off. They need to first learn to size their alphabets and space the letters right.
They should be provided four lined pages that are visually appealing. This will help them pick up cursive handwriting much faster and easier.
A happy and positive environment plays a huge role in a child’s growth. Children feel encouraged and excited to try new things.
They do not get discouraged when they make mistakes and are ready to try again. Handwriting is one such skill.
Children need a happy and positive environment at all times, and this includes writing time. If you wish to make writing time fun and exciting then ensure that the ambience is perfect and positively stimulating the child.
These 4 tips will help your child enjoy learning and will motivate you to get involved in their learning journey
Create A StudyPlan Together
Create A Reward System
Focus On LearningInstead Of Performance
Encourage Your ChildTo Set Small Goals
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