Handwriting: Getting it Right the First Time

One of the biggest challenges as a teacher is to re-teach handwriting. The reason I say re-teach is because typically a child picks up handwriting habits that might be hard to break. It’s not always about the perfect form, let’s face it, as adults we have trouble reading some of our friend’s and family’s handwriting. At this age, it’s about weight lifting for the fingers! Build those fine motor skills and handwriting becomes much easier. How do you do that?

If you are making a mess, you are working on fine motor skills!

  • Playdough! Great for fine motor!
  • Using scissors. There are one million and one scissors on the market. Buy one you like and start cutting. Save those old magazines and cut, cut, cut!
    • The pick-up of the cuts are fine motor practice too!
    • Side note – EVERY child cuts something other than what you want them to at some point…. their hair, their friend’s hair or their clothing. (just fyi)
    • Button, zip and snap! (as they practice dressing themselves)
    • Painting, finger and brush.
    • Puzzles
    • Puppet shows
    • The list goes on! Check with Siri or “Hello Google” for many more ideas!
    • Set aside a time for fine motor. Because you are having fun with your child, they won’t even know they are “working out” for the sake of fine motor.

Helpful Links:

https://www.hwtears.com/hwt

http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/help-your-child-build-fine-motor-skills

Handwriting and Letter Formation

Handwriting notes of importance:

  • Early stages – writing lines, drawing circles and of course squishing to squirt while playing in shaving cream or whipped cream on a table or bathtub wall.
    Shaving cream on a table will clean that table right up!!
  • Pencil grip – There are specific stages for pencil grip. If your child’s fine motor is strong, these will be less of a challenge. I found this diagram that I like. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/bc/27/c6/bc27c6ad8359f75c43ac3501192c6237.jpg
  • Allow your child to pick up the writing tool and choose which hand to use. Their dominate hand will take over eventually.
  • There are many tools pencil attachment tools that encourage “correct” pencil grip. The verdict is still out for these, sometimes they end up being a toy on the end of the pencil.

Writing of THE NAME.

  • Your child should practice writing his/her name with a capital letter at the beginning and then all lower case. Example: Debbie
  • The theme that I hope you are picking up is to make it fun and your child will love spending time “playing” with you!