Numerous parents have told us that they are worried about their child not having a good handwriting, and have wanted to know the techniques that they can implement to improve the same. So, here are a few simple techniques that you, as a parent can implement to help your child improve their handwriting.
Right way to hold the pen/pencil
In order to have a good handwriting, you need to start with the very basics first. Teach your child the right way to hold a pen or a pencil. The best way to hold a pen or pencil is to let it rest next to the base of your thumb. Hold it in place with your thumb, and your index and middle finger. If your child is holding the pen or pencil differently, it is never late to correct them.
Relax the grip and pressure
If you see imprints on the desk, or on the previous page after your child has finished writing, it means that the pen or pencil is being pressed too hard. Ask your child to relax their grip and write without exerting extra pressure. Exerting less pressure will also enable easy letter formation.
Ascertain motor skill issues
If you’ve noticed, pre-school activities involve beads, rice, shells, etc. This is because you need to build the child’s motor skills i.e hand muscles from a very young age. You can ascertain your child’s motor skills through some tests and exercises prescribed by a doctor. You can indulge your child in the exercises to improve their motor skills.
Tackle each problem separately
It is always advisable to correct a mistake then and there, but don’t do that too often
Doing the same will interrupt the flow of writing. Focus on spelling in a different session until the child gets into the flow of writing continuously.
It is strongly recommended to allow your child to practice writing letters. It also gives the child the scope to work on spacing, size, and proportions. You may also provide worksheets that help practice upper case and lower case letters to enhance skills.
When the child is in school, they have to complete tasks within a given time, which obviously affects the handwriting. Set aside fifteen to twenty minutes every day where your child can practice writing without having the pressure of a deadline. However, you can retain the task and can slowly reduce the time every week to ensure that the child is learning to write fast within a short time. Make sure that you communicate the same to your child so that they are mentally prepared for it.
If your child is getting bored of writing, ask them to draw simple shapes. Drawing a circle is the best practice as it facilitates a smooth transitioning. They need to be used to holding the pen or pencil for long periods of time.
Fill in the blanks
Write a story in the fill in the blanks format, and ask your child to fill the missing words. This will get them in the habit of thinking about different adjectives and nouns and this will not have an impact on their handwriting.
Offer the right writing tools and environment
A lined paper and an appropriate sized pen or pencil with a good grip are a must-have for a good handwriting at a young age. These are prime enablers for a good handwriting. You must also eliminate all distractions – like background noise, TV, sounds, etc to help your child focus on their studies and homework.
We sincerely hope that you will get some positive results by implementing these techniques. If any other technique has worked for your child, please do share the same with us in the comments section for us and the other parents to know! Also, it is important to understand that your child can have a not-so-good handwriting, and yet be good at studies. Please do not give the subject more importance than it deserves.
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