So, how many times have your child’s teacher complained to you about his wobbly letters and indecipherable handwriting? Are the remarks on your child’s notebook only full of things like “bad handwriting,” “needs to work on his handwriting”? Don’t worry. You are not the only one in this fix, and countless parents will truly sympathize with you.
A good handwriting is not just important to fetch him good marks, but it also forms a part of how he communicates his identity to the world. There’s no way you can let a bad handwriting slide, right? You don’t need to as well because here are six tips that will definitely come to your aid in this regard.
1. Teach him to hold and grip the pencil correctly
One of the first steps to improve his handwriting is to teach him to get a good grasp on the pencil that he is using. There are times when the lack of attention to the formative years to the way the child is holding the pencil, ends up affecting his handwriting for all the times to come. So, make sure you teach your child to grasp the pencil firmly with the index finger and the thumb, and let the middle finger support the pencil.
The right way to hold the pencil is to let it rest on the bridge between the index finger and the thumb. The grip should be firm but gentle, and not too tight. There are pencil grips available in many stationary shops that can also help in improving the grip. Additionally, you can make him write with stylus pens to improve his grip and his handwriting.
2. Getting all the proportions right
Another reason behind bad handwriting is also getting the proportions of the letters all wrong. You can try using a four line exercise book to let them practice writing as it will help him know the proportions and he will keep the letters within the lines. Show them clearly that the capital letters need to be bigger and the lower case letters needs to be half the size of that.
Getting the proportions right also pertains to the size of the pencil. Children should not use a pencil that is too small because that puts pressure on their hands and holding the pencil too near the tip will affect their handwriting, as well.
3. Writing using the right speeds
It is also important for the children to get the pace right. This is because there is no point in having an amazing handwriting and then taking forever to write, and on the other hand, finish the work before time in an illegible handwriting is also not something you would want to see.
So, teach him the importance of maintaining a time within which they will have to complete their work and that too, in a proper handwriting. You need to understand the current speed of writing for your child before you try to improve his pace. Remember that improving both the pace and the handwriting will be a slow process, and do not expect to see brilliant results in days.
4. Give him all the right tools
So, you want your child to write in a clear and beautiful handwriting, and for that, one of the first things that he needs to be provided with are the right tools. In the early primary and preschool days of your child, his fine motor skills just start to develop, and that might make the finger movements kind of slow and clumsy. So, figure out the kind of pencil that suits her stage of learning the best.
The market offers so many options in pencil nowadays, from rubber-gripped, three-sided, mechanical, crayon-shaped, short, fat, and so on. It is also important to have a good eraser handy that can make the marks disappear without tearing off the paper. Make sure you always also have that stylus pen handy for added practice.
5. Focus on the necessary adjustments
If you want to improve the handwriting of your little genius, then you will have to pay attention to details and make the necessary adjustments along the way. So, watch out for not just the size of the letters and the tools that you provide, but also for things like paper control, space between two words, alignments, and letter formation.
Take note when he is writing and try to figure out the areas that he is struggling with. Then, explain the solution to his problem in a way that he can understand and implement, so that he is able to overcome the hurdle easily. You will see him take note of your suggestions and show some or other improvement every week.
6. Practice will make him perfect
Just like sports, fine arts, and everything else, even handwriting needs a lot of practice to bring that perfection that one needs looks for. So, give him as many opportunities to practice handwriting as you possibly can. Give him anagrams, word puzzles, and games like hangman that will make him practice writing in a fun way, without the pressure of being on his toes about his handwriting.
You can also aim to deliver his motor skills as that is immensely helpful in writing. So, make sure you engage him more in activities like gardening, finger-painting, drawing, dealing with mechanical tools, eating with proper cutlery, and so on. Give him a time frame and a paragraph from his book and ask him to write it down in his notebook in his best possible handwriting. It is a given that the first time he tries this, he will either not be able to complete the work or bring out his worst handwriting. But, let him keep at it and the results will show in time.
The Bottom Line
So, that’s all for the tips you need to help your child improve his handwriting. Apply these techniques, keep your patience, and do not pressurize him, and the results are bound to show up.