If you are an adult and want to improve your handwriting, it can be done. Simply scroll down to discover some of my handwriting samples and to see the basic exercises I used to improve my writing. I hated writing notes. A few months ago, I decided to turn my attention to my handwriting.
They may not be able to keep up with their peers during writing assignments. They may not leave any spaces between their words as they write or they may leave too much space. Or, they may cover the entire page with huge, giant letters.
Whatever the issue is, there are many strategies and activities for addressing handwriting skills that can help kids compensate for difficulties or help them develop the skills they are lacking. Allow children to build letters using Wikki Stixwooden pieces, or this cool play dough kit.
Have kids trace letters cut out of sandpaper or other textured craft paper.
Or trace over learning materials with puffy paint or a hot glue gun to make them more touch-friendly! Alignment —Teach kids the concepts of top, middle, and bottom with movement games. Then, work on generalizing these concepts onto the handwriting paper, by identifying the top, middle, and bottom writing lines.
Talk about how it looks and how writing is easier to read if the baseline is smooth and flat. Then, highlight the bottom handwriting line on his blank paper before he writes to show him where his baseline should be.
Spacing —Teach the child to place something down in between each word as he is writing. Or — you could always make your own Space Man spacing tool! Then go back and edit. Some therapists have reported great luck with moving kids away from printing to learn cursive even at a young age to help them improve their writing speed and fluency.
This post is part of the Functional Skills for Kids series. Check out each of the posts about the development of functional skills from The Inspired Treehouse here.
And read more about what the other pediatric therapists have to say about functional skills for kids:During the earliest exposure to handwriting activities, preschoolers and kindergarteners may practice by writing huge letters that take up the whole page.
As kids move through kindergarten (ages 5 to 6), they begin to hone this skill and learn how to use the lines on the page to guide the size of their writing.
Occupational therapists can evaluate the underlying components that support a student's handwriting, such as muscle strength, endurance, coordination, and motor control, and parents can encourage activities at home to support good handwriting skills.
Before I show you my list, let me first say that the only thing you need to practice your handwriting is a pen and a piece of paper. Yes, any pen and paper will do. Yes, any pen and paper will do.
The supplies that I mention here are just my preferred tools, and are in no way necessary for your to begin improving your own handwriting. Handwriting practice doesn't always have to involve writing. This easy activity helps kids with visual processing difficulties or visual motor integration issues to address spatial and line awareness needed for neatness in handwriting while working on a fine motor component and form producing.
While cursive script writing took a backseat for several years, its usefulness has been rediscovered, and students in the upper elementary grades are again learning how to write in cursive. Below, you will find a large assortment of various handwriting practice worksheets which are all free to print.
Handwriting has many components to it, including fine motor skills, and visual perceptual skills. In therapy, we work on the underlying causes of the problem in a task, so we wouldn’t necessarily be working on handwriting, we would be working on the problem that is causing the poor handwriting.