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Helping Your Child In Improving His Handwriting

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If your child has good handwriting he will have a much easier time and have better grades in School. We all know that the child who writes poorly and untidily is himself discouraged with its unattractive appearance and the teacher who must read what he writes is really annoyed with him.

If your child does not shape his letters in the word distinctly he may get penalized for wrong spellings even though he may have written them correctly. All through his studying career his untidy handwriting will cause poorer grades on his written work.

It has been noticed that girls have better handwriting than boys. Girls are more painstaking by Virtue.

The complaints of miserable handwriting usually begins in the fourth or fifth grades though the poor hand writer had been a poor writer much earlier even in the first grade.

A few suggestions to parents to help their child write more neatly and legibly:-

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Author - Manisha Bhatnagar.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ???
  • Why is it important to teach capital letters first?
    We all have experienced that some letters are more difficult (developmentally speaking) than others. Capital letters are much easier to form than lower case letters, and here are some of the reasons :- The Capital letters :- Start at the same place i.e. the top.
  • They all have the same height.
  • They occupy the same vertical space.
  • They are easier to recognize and identify.
    (Consider the lower case letters 'b','d','g','p','q', they all look very similar, they all start at different places, some go above the line, some go below the line, they are easily reversed. Now, consider the same letters as capital letters - 'B' 'D' 'G' 'P' 'Q', they all start at the top!, they all have very distinct formations with no two letters being easily confused).
  • They all are big, bold and familiar.
    (We all know that our children are constantly exposed to important capital letters for eg. "ENTRY", "STOP", "EXIT", "DANGER", "HOSPITAL", "AMBULANCE", "FIRE", etc. Thus they learn to recognize and identify them at a very early age).
  • Why shouldn't we teach letters in alphabetical order?
    We as parents know that some letters are more difficult to form than others. The harder ones are those that have diagonal lines ('A', 'K','M','N','Q','R','V','W','X','Y','Z') are reversible ('B','C','D','E','F','G','P', etc.), or change direction during a stroke ('S'). It has been established through research that children gradually develop the ability to copy forms in a certain order, the child begins with a vertical stroke, horizontal comes next, then the circle, a "cross" - like a plus sign, the square, then the triangle (diagonal lines) is last.
    The child should be taught to form the letter 'C' before letter 'A'(as letter 'A' contains two diagonal strokes and can be difficult for children to form). When the child masters 'C' letter then the letters 'a','d', 'g'and 'o' can be easily learned.
  • Should you allow your child to develop his own "style" in handwriting?
    It is important to teach your child the necessary "basics" of handwriting. Starting and stopping points of letters, learning letters in groups of similar strokes, learning formations from the easiest to the most difficult, spacing techniques and placement of letters on the lines, are all very important basics in handwriting. When your child learns these skills, good handwriting habits develop so that handwriting becomes an automatic and natural skill. In order to achieve this, your child must be given opportunities to review and master those skills that have been introduced.
  • As your child master's new skills, confidence develops. When the child is confident with his handwriting, he attains a comfort level that allows for "personal style" to evolve. Your child may add a slant, an extra curlicue, or some other personal touch to his handwriting. If the basics have been mastered, this personal touch is "OK". Handwriting will continue to be legible, spacing will continue to be correct, and placement of letters and connections of letters will be good. Do not discourage this development of personal style unless it interferes with the basics of handwriting (legibility, neatness, speed, etc.).
  • Is it important to use double line paper?
    It is important to use double line paper as the bottom line keeps the writing straight and moving across the page, while the top line controls the size of the letters.

 

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