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Five steps to a better handwriting

Five steps to a better handwriting

Earlier, we discussed how writing process is an integration of a variety of sensory-motor skills. Today, Learning House, Jaipur presents five steps that will ensure a better handwriting:

 

1. Get a Great Grasp

The way you grasp your writing tool is pretty important for your writing. If you don’t hold your pen/pencil in proper manner, your writing will get messy. The best way to hold a pen/pencil is to let it rest next to the base of your thumb. Hold it in place with your thumb, index finger and middle finger.

 

2. Let the Lines Be Your Guide
Lined paper is your friend! Those lines can help you create letters that are the right size and proportion. The capital letters should stretch from the bottom line to the top one. Lines also can keep you writing straight instead of uphill or downhill.

3. Slow Down
If your writing is hard to read or you erase a lot, try slowing down a little. For some kids, going slower solves the problem. If you rush, it’s hard to control where you stop and start your letters, and you end up making more mistakes.

4. Lower the Pressure
Some kids press down really hard when they write, punching holes/dents in the paper all along. That makes it harder to make the smooth lines needed for writing, especially cursive. Try easing up, don’t grip the pencil as tightly, and let your pencil mark the paper without going all the way through.

5. Play Games
Yes, games can improve your handwriting! Lots of games require you to write or draw pictures. So even though it’s not official school work, you’re still using the skills you need to control your pencil better. And if you want to strengthen the muscles you need for writing, you can also do that while you’re playing board games. Use a clothespin instead of your fingers to pick up your game piece and move it around the board.

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No More Mess!!

Kids can be the biggest mess-makers, so don’t mess around when it comes to teaching them good organizing habits! The sooner you can empower your kids with these concepts, the better. Preparing our kids to be independent adults will be much easier if they’ve been taught these skills and habits early on. And it helps make your life easier too. Here are a few tips to make them organize better:

Develop morning and Evening Schedules:

Though morning and evening schedules are more or less same every day, still it’d help if you articulate the steps to your kids. Stick a checklist on bathroom mirror or bedroom wall to list out things like packing your bag, getting dressed, getting lunc h box, etc to keep them a track of their morning activities. Similarly, evening routine like brushing your teeth, organizing your toys, etc, pave a smoother path to sleep.

Easy as A-B-C-D:

The A-B-C-D prioritization tool works for everything and helps kids and grown-ups:

An “A” toy is a favorite one that you love and play with all the time, as often as we eat or brush our teeth.

“B” toys are ones you play with a lot, as often as we go to the supermarket.

“C” toys are those you don’t play with very much, as often as we have a birthday or holiday.

“D” toys are ones you really are not playing with at all. And D also stands for donate.

We want to store our A and B toys where we can reach them and put them away easily, and our C toys up higher in a box or on a shelf.

Teach Kids the One-In-One-Out Rule:

Our children need to understand that storage is a finite thing, and that continuing to collect eventually leads to clutter and chaos. When you get a new toy, an old toy can be donated. When you get new jeans, your old jeans can be given to another child. They should also understand that donating our excess helps people and the planet. Birthdays and holidays are especially good times to teach the concept of “out with the old, in with the new.”

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Developing Fine Motor Skills!

We believe good handwriting is an important skill for everyone to have even in this keyboard and technology world. When children are taught handwriting skills at a young age, they are positioned for a lifetime of legible handwriting. Good handwriting is like knowing how to ride a bike – it’s something you never forget.

Your child will enjoy the benefits of good handwriting for a lifetime.

But before giving handwriting practice of your kid, we need to focus more on their fine motor skills development.

In order to maintain the correct grip for holding a pencil, their fine motor skills need to be improved and encouraged.

Fine Motor refers to the development of small muscles of the body (particularly the small muscles in hands) which will enable actions like grasping small objects, clicking, correct writing grasp etc. By developing your child’s fine motor skills, it will enable their finger and muscles to become stronger and provide them with the ability to control the way they hold a pencil.

There are many activities that are enjoyable for children and aid in the development of the fine motor skills,

Here are a few suggestions on how to develop your child’s fine motor skills.

  • Using scissors to cut out shapes or cut paper.
  • Threading shoelace through sewing card holes (this can easily be made by making holes on a piece of paper, using a hole punch that your child can thread a shoelace through).
  • Manipulating play dough and using cookie cutters to make various shapes and designs.
  • Picking up objects using tweezers.
  • Threading beads on a string (making a bracelet or necklace).
  • Drawing (get some blank pieces of A4 paper and make a drawing book).
  • Painting.
  • Sand manipulation (get some buckets and spades for your child to use in the sand).
  • Coloring in (coloring in within the lines is a great way for your child to practice hand control).
  • Tracing shapes, designs, letters etc. (Draw different shapes, designs and letters on a piece of paper that your child can trace over).

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If your child’s fine motor skills are not yet fully developed, also consider working with your child on some activities that focus on tracing lines, shapes and curves. Once your child can successfully trace these lines and shapes, he will be ready to write more complicated figures like letters.

Once the child is comfortable with his fine motor skills, start focusing on his writing skills.

We will be covering writing skills in our next blog, so stay tuned……..

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