How to improve child’s hand writing?
– R. Steffi (Math Educator)
This might be the prevalence question that most of the parents are worried about, when it comes to the writing part of their young ones.
“How to improve child’s hand writing?”
but we’ve got some step-by-step tips that can help you out!
As handwriting is multi-tasking! Imagination that your mind tells your fingers give the shape, Focus from your eyes to hand movement.
It is one of the most important fine motor skills that every child needs to develop.
So don’t get all puzzled if your little one isn’t a calligraphy genius!
Rather enjoy/admire the beautiful scribbles of your little one to develop their pre-writing skills.
It is our responsibility to help our kids make a change from their scribbles into fine writing by the age of 6.
Over the years, there has been a lot of change in the classroom because learning has become more digital.
But home extension and notes are still maintained in the very own hand-written form.
Before we deep-dive into how to improve handwriting in kids, It’s important to understand more about fine motor skill which is essential for your child’s development.
Essential Fine Motor Skills For Improving Handwriting
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.
Hold and write properly:
The first most important thing is to hold the writing tool in proper position. They have to learn to get a comfortable grip of the pencil. Children love sketch pens and crayons, Colouring activity can make the hand movement easy. Can start with slanting, straight lines, circles and curves.The pencil should be held in place with the thumb, index and middle fingers.
_ Using salt writing tray is a great way to support handwriting development, which helps in building hand strength, muscle memory and its one of the key to build pre-writing skill.
– Do not provide the child plain white paper or regular ruled pages to start off. It can be done at the initial stage of scribbling but not for writing. They need to first learn to size their alphabets and space the letters right.
– They should be provided four lined pages with brightly coloured lines. This will help them to straighten the font size.
The posture and angle play a role too. They can also sit in a way as shown in the picture or Provide them with a convenient table, chair. Will give
Do not provide bean bags or rocking chairs as this will impact both posture, focus and the handwriting.
Patience, patience, and more patience:
Every child learns. Every child has potential. Some take a little longer than the others. Patience plays a huge role in this handwriting-honing process.
Children have a low attention span and get easily distracted if they do not get something right at the first shot.
But, we must find alternate ways to keep them interested.
Be it a game, a challenge or an activity, a child must be provided with a new stimulus often to encourage him or her to try again… and try harder to improve their handwriting.
Children are our mirror image, they also mimic our behaviour, so while modelling and writing in front of children will solve the purpose but we must make sure that we write slowly, neatly and legibly.
Hone motor skills:
Enhancing fine motor skills will, in turn, help children write neatly as they will learn to hold a pencil properly, balance the book and page, maintain posture, and enhance dexterity, control, and coordination.
Even simple activities like:
Folding paper, playing with soft toys, folding the laundry, arranging the toys, cutting paper, colouring using cutlery, playing LEGO, clay Moulding, stringing beads
Help strengthen a child’s wrist and fingers. A foggy window or a sandy beach can be used as a slate or a patch of mud. It also enhances coordination, focus, and dexterity. Children can develop gross motor skill with the above activities and execute them for the better hand writing
More the Practice bigger the result:
Handwriting is an art. It is a proficiency that can be acquired with a lot of practice. Making this activity interesting is not very hard. There are many handwriting-based games and fun handwriting practise worksheets available online.
Neat and Legible Hand writing:
A neat handwriting shows consistency.
Stick to the one letter form.
Keep the letters close to each other and make sure parts don’t touch. Try pen or sticks to practice spacing between the words.
The title and uppercase should be in bold / taller than the other letters.
Stick to one type of letter slant.
Avoid tangled letter and proper alignment.
Every moment can be a teaching-learning moment. Encourage your child to try hard and not worry about failing. More than everything, your encouragement, patience and practice will build the confidence in your child and it will result in neat and legible hand writing.