Published at Thursday, May 28th 2020, 12:38:49 PM. English Worksheets. By Darcelle Barthelemy.
Since we could all write, handwriting is something that virtually all parents could explain their children, provided they still remember the correct formation of each letter.
If you have a beginner writer, a great place to start is with the letters of the child's name. Start with lower case letters, rather than capital letters (except for the first letter of the name, of course) as these are the letters your kid will encounter most frequently as she begins to learn to read.
You probably understand from experience that young kids generally have limited concentration spans and often struggle to sit still for long periods. For this reason, educational experts, suggest that formal lessons should not more than 20-30 minutes at a time. Let your kids to have a break and play out of doors for a short while before continuing a focused activity.
Research has also showed that young kids are naturally far-sighted as their eyes have not fully matured to function like that of an older person. Therefore, to avoid eye-strain, a young kid shouldn't be needed to focus on a book or a page for more than 15-20 minutes at any one time. For the same excuse, when writing, encourage your children to make large letters, especially if they are at preschool level. When they are older (Grade 1 or higher) they could be needed to practice writing neatly between lines!
Don't be critical of a novice writer's scrawled efforts, but encourage her to keep practicing. If a kid is reluctant to write, then support her to do just three beautiful letters, rather than expecting a whole row of letters. This also applies to older kids - a small sample of neat work is better than a page that is scrawled!
Here are some functional guidelines for explaining handwriting skills:
1. OVERSEE HANDWRITING PRACTICE
When kids are practicing handwriting it is very essential that you oversee their work so that they do not develop bad habits. Reward them for letters or words that are written well but nip any problems in the bud before they take root. Do no forget that it will take more time to undo bad habits later on.
2. ONE OBJECTIVE AT A TIME
Focus on correcting or developing one objective at a time - be it a particular letter, spacing, size, alignment, etc. Keep rewarding your kid and encouraging her efforts. Then move onto the next objective. Show magnificent work to your kid's father or grandparents or anyone else who will offer encouragement and deserved praise.
3. PRACTICE DAILY
Handwriting practice should be scheduled each day but keep lessons simple for best results.