5 ways to improve your child’s handwriting

My daughter’s handwriting is honestly, quite illegible at times. Her doting grandmother, who considers the progeny quite flawless, has coined it as English written in ‘Devnagarilipi’ (script for Sanskrit language). 😀 Jokes aside, there are times when I actually want to just give up reading the school updates in the handbook, as the writing is quite unreadable.

I am not the kind of a mom who would reprimand the child and come up with back breaking measures to improve the shapes and sizes of the swooping and swirling letters. I figured there had to be an easy way for both of us to work on this, without making it too demanding or distressing for her.

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Here are a few tips that helped us and are worth giving a try for those going through similar handwriting difficulties:

1. Practice makes perfect: Without being too aggressive and hell bent in pushing your kid to somehow improve the handwriting, get your child to practice the same in a fun way. I had discovered a way of practising a whole lot of writing, where we would playfully make a menu card at meal time, jot down things to do and make grocery lists. Basically our play and activities consisted of large amount of writing. Besides this, I also encouraged diligent practice, which my daughter would take back to her school to show her teacher, which was a big encouragement.

2. Mazes, Puzzles, Drawings: These activities helped my child get more comfortable with various aspects involved in writing, including the physical posture, hand-eye co-ordination, dexterity, and control over fine motor skills. Added advantage of this activity was of course, the way they significantly contributed towards her logical & reasoning skills.

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3. Sand & Water Play: Sand play from a very young age can contribute extensively towards developing adequate fine motor skills. Digging sand, smoothening it and making shapes out of it not just improve the eye-hand coordination, but also develop dexterity. Water play can include a lot of pouring, filling, transferring and emptying from one container to another. Therefore, using various implements like funnels, scoops, ladles, cups, etc. can help. This again is excellent solution in developing both fine and gross motor skills, which hugely influences their handwriting, going forward.

4. Writing tools: If you notice your child having trouble with regular pencils, try writing aids like writing holders and jumbo grip pencils. These tools are specially geared to help children lacking fine motor skills become more comfortable with writing tasks.

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5. Oodles of Love & Tons of Encouragement: Not withstanding all the techniques and writing aids you have invested in, what always works best with children is umpteen encouragement and motivation. Don’t lose an opportunity to appreciate their efforts. Buck them up with encouraging instances and examples.

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