Saturday, November 17, 2012

How to Improve a Child's Handwriting

In spite of being a part of the computer generation, good handwriting skills are not a thing of the past. People are still judged by a good signature and the ability to write clearly and correctly. Most kids still write daily homework assignments, rough drafts and classroom notes. Improving a child's handwriting can help build self-esteem and encourage the production of quality work. Read on to learn how to improve a child's handwriting.


    • 1
      Find a well lighted, flat surface for hand writing, like the kitchen table. Make sure there is plenty of space to work.
    • 2
      Place paper in front of child with the bottom corner pointing towards their belly button and the top corner pointing away from them. This may feel a little awkward at first, but will help with proper handwriting slant.
    • 3
      Position the non-writing hand at the top of the paper. This will hold the paper in place. Elbows should be out and gently resting on the table.
    • 4
      Sit up straight. Good posture should always be practiced during handwriting.
    • 5
      Grasp pencil in the writing hand. A good grasp goes no lower than the paint on the pencil, about one inch from the tip. The index finger should be on top, the thumb below. Rest the pencil on the third finger.
    • 6
      Warm up handwriting practice by making a series of swirls, like cursive lower case "e's" in groups of six across the first two lines.
    • 7
      Practice letters in groups of five or six to give the feel of writing words. Leave plenty of space between letters and between groups. When practicing printing, remember that letters start from the top down, not from the bottom up.

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