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:-
- When your child
is about to enter the first grade or even a bit earlier he should have
a blackboard/whiteboard on which he would like to draw and scribble just
- It would also be
an advantage to have an easel on which you could fix up a sheet of paper
on which your child can draw and finger-paint or paint with a brush.
- Your child's coordination
of smaller muscles of hands and fingers has not advanced as early as coordination
of his large arm muscles he more easily makes larger strokes than smaller
- Encourage your child
to draw more often on paper this will also lead to develop good handwriting
- Your child may have
poor muscular coordination especially for making small movements with
hands. More practice working with tools might help him.
- To develop your
child's hand and finger muscles you could give him clay to play with.
Let the child build articles with clay by squeezing and shaping it.
- Before teaching the
child to write the alphabet it is advisable to expose him to certain pre-writing
skills. (*Here are some pre-writing worksheets for your child to do).
This will help in increasing co-ordination of muscles for making small
movements with hands, which leads to writing readiness.
- It is important as
parents to teach your children capital letters before small /lowercase
letters that too in a developmental sequence, in order of difficulty.
The more difficult letters are the ones, which have diagonal lines, are
reversible or the ones that change direction during a stroke. When your
child has been taught in this sequence they learn to master skills and
build on what they have learned. The result would be beautiful letter
(*Frequently asked questions).
When your child begins to print and make manuscript letters, induce your
child to print large, presenting him with models, guided by two lines.
- As a parent you need
to be careful to the kinds of copybook or worksheets you use to improve
your child's handwriting skills. It is important that the copybook should
be different than the ones used conventionally. In the conventional one
there was a model line of writing at the top. The child writes one copy
under this line and another under that and so on down the page. Instead
of following the model the child ends up following the worst. Choose worksheets
in which the child writes only one line under the model. It may thus have
two or three models on a page.
- To help your child
improve his handwriting it is important that he uses only double lined
paper for practice. Urge your child to write on the line and to watch
the letters, which extend above and below the lines.
(*Frequently asked questions).
- You will also find
that certain letters chiefly the small ones are responsible for most of
the illegibility's- the letters are 'a','b','d','e','h','i','n','t'. Slow
and careful practice of these letters should help your child . The same
would apply to digits and number work.
- You as a parent can
also prepare an "IMPROVEMENT BOOK" for your child. You can keep
a sample of your child's written work at the beginning of the school term
and add samples at a regular interval later. From time to time you can
examine with him his successive samples to observe with him how much he
has improved or you can also paste the samples on the wall to show improvement
in written work.
- It has been noted
that nearly always the untidy writer is nervous and excitable. He may
need medical care. Your child needs a more quite, serene and secure family
atmosphere. He needs to be protected from excitement form as from exposure
to violence and television. Anything, which can help the child to have
more peace of mind and to be more, calm and secure.
These are a few suggestions, which will help in guiding your child who
writes poorly, Care should be taken that you do not insist strongly on
any details as it may get him more irritated and angry.
The Secret Of Your Success As A Parent
Will Be In Your Calmness
And Skill At Gentle Persuasion.
Rhyming Words ---///////////////////////----------
- 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
- 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
- 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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