Handwriting for kids is still important even in this age of devices and keyboards, because marking a child's written work is often still the only way that elementary teachers can figure out what their pupils know.
For these reasons, parents and teachers should encourage the development of good handwriting for kids of all ages. There are quite a few pages on my site that deal with handwriting for kids - I link to them all from here.
Good handwriting skills don't develop in a vacuum - they are the
culmination of developing important foundations in the early years.
But do you know which foundations are important, and how to help your child develop these skills?
"Factors Affecting Kids Handwriting" is a comprehensive, free article on my site that gives parents a helpful overview.
On this page, I describe 10 different factors that can influence a child's handwriting, and I give some feedback on how parents can help to build these skills.
Many people, including myself, strongly believe that young children should not be practicing handwriting skills on paper. However, the preschool years are the perfect time to help your child prepare for handwriting, by laying down the good foundations I mentioned above.
If your very young child is interested in letters, reading and spelling, then encourage your child to explore letters with hands-on activities such using letter magnets to make words, and drawing in the sand, rather than writing on paper with a pencil.
Learning to form letters correctly forms a big part of efficient handwriting for kids.
Many kids are simply copying letters off the board without learning where to start each letter, and simply forming them any which way. This often results in letter reversals, poor spacing and sizing of letters, awkwardly formed letters, and generally messy handwriting habits.
This is why I feel it is important to teach correct letter formations from the very beginning.
Once your child can write letters correctly and automatically, he/she will be able to focus more on the actual learning process and on writing creatively!
These pages of letter formation tips (with a free printable!) and fun letter formation activities on my website may help your child to learn number and letter formations even if your child has not yet mastered pencil control and fine motor skills.
Handwriting Heroes is an inexpensive handwriting program which offers a fantastic, multi-sensory way to teach kids the letter formations - I highly recommend them!
All the lower case letters can be taught in just 5 weeks, and then your child is well on the way to good handwriting skills! Pop on over and read my indepth review to see if this program is a good fit for you.
Many parents have asked how to improve handwriting for kids who are older, maybe even in their teens. The answer is not always straightforward, but I try to give some suggestions on this page.
You may also find it helpful to help your older child develop better fine motor skills. In many cases, improving hand strength and pencil control can help kids write more neatly.
If you feel your child's poor handwriting is affecting academic performance, please do seek an occupational therapy evaluation to help get to the bottom of the issues.
Sometimes kids can benefit from handwriting workbooks, pencil grippers and other writing aids. But every child is different, and what works for one does not necessarily help another child.
If you are at all concerned about your child's handwriting skills, I do suggest that you take a look at the different factors that can affect handwriting for kids, and consult an occupational therapist or health professional for an assessment and individualized support.This website is not intended to diagnose or treat any disorders!
If, however, you are just looking for resources to support your child as he/she develops handwriting skills, then you may find these resources helpful!
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As part of their program, Handwriting Heroes#Ad uses a range of printable e-books that are used to teach letter formation and basic printing skills, alongside a multi-sensory approach that
These can help your child master letter formations in just 5 weeks! They form part of their handwriting program, which I review here.
Understanding the basic cursive rules may help your child master neater handwriting, especially if your child has not had any formal cursive writing lessons. Once your child understands the basic rules of cursive, then the next step is to give lots of practice.
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