HANDWRITING

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    HANDWRITING

     

    Good handwriting is one of the keys to school success.  Children use it every day as part of their learning process.  If a teacher cannot read the child’s handwriting due to poor formation and spacing difficulties, the child might be marked incorrect on his response. 

    Strong handwriting foundation skills are needed for a child to accurately form letters using proper height and size (letter formation), place the letters/words on the line (line awareness), and complete legible work in a timely manner (speed).  The child’s grasp (fine motor), ability to recognize the differences in letters/words (visual perception) and ability to copy information (visual motor) are all factors in handwriting success. 

     

    GREAT ACTIVITIES TO HELP PROMOTE HANDWRITING

    • Using broken crayons or broken pieces of chalk to trace, color, and draw with
    • Changing where the child writes – have him stand against the wall to facilitate holding the paper with the other hand
    • Using raised line paper to provide an increased awareness of the boundaries
    • Having the child form letters very large on easel or sidewalk using chalk or crayon or try having the child use a paint brush dipped in water to practice forming letters on the outside of the house.  Forming letters correctly using larger muscles helps to train the memory and smaller muscles into the proper technique.  
    • Rolling out playdoh or clay and putting the pieces together to form the letters, numbers, shapes
    • Completing dot to dot & mazes