Writing isn’t just about vocabulary, grammar and spelling – there’s also the practical aspect that may seem easy to adults, but is part of the learning process for beginners. Some of the best ways you can improve your child’s handwriting include:
1. Get a grip – Writing is made that much harder if you don’t have the write grip. Your child’s hand may fatigue easily if they are holding their pencil the wrong way. Make sure you demonstrate to them how a pencil should be held. If your child is struggling, one of those slide-on pencil grips can help them get the hang of it.
2. Take your time – Is the eraser at the end of your child’s pencil almost worn out? They may be making mistakes because they’re trying to write too fast. If they are just getting used to writing and spelling, let them know that they can take their time.
3. Take the pressure off – holding down a pencil too hard can make it harder to write, especially cursive. Tell your child to gently press down the pencil so they aren’t tearing through the page!
4. Draw and play games – any activity where your child can practice manipulating a pencil will help improve their writing skills.
5. Focus on the problem – is your child having trouble with letter formation? Is their writing too large or too small? Are they forgetting to put spaces between words? Or are they not writing in straight lines? These are some of the more common difficulties children have with writing, so make sure you identify any of these problems before they become a habit.
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