Are you new to homeschooling or facing a crisis with your child’s handwriting? Here’s some practical advice ~
Here are 3 things to avoid in handwriting lessons:
- Boring – Young children want to write real words as soon as they can and find endless pattern pages and those pages featuring one. letter. at. a. time. very boring. These expensive handwriting books take almost a year to complete and many young children become frustrated and negative about handwriting. We use laminated handwriting charts to learn to print and write cursive. It is quick, free and painless, and within weeks your child will be able to start using copywork pages and practice their handwriting in real sentences.
- Bad form – Everyone struggles and makes mistakes when learning something new. Some children become extremely stressed when they cannot control their fine motor muscles or struggle to remember how to correctly form each letter, and this adds to a negative attitude towards handwriting. With my method, children use a whiteboard marker on the laminated handwriting charts which rubs out in a jiffy. Any mistake is quickly and easily erased and the child feels much more satisfied at the end of their lesson. To teach correct form, mom demonstrates writing each letter on the chart while talking through each movement and shape and then the child copies on the chart. Watch carefully for correct starting points, directions of the stroke and when and where to lift the pen.
- Basics – Practice the basic letter formation. Learn the upper case letters as soon as they master the lower case letters. Go on to real handwriting as soon as possible using copywork pages. Practice daily in short, sweet handwriting lessons. Copywork is an excellent handwriting exercise because your child will use almost all the letters, join cursive letters, combine upper and lower case letters in meaningful sentences. This also is a great help in learning spelling and memorizing Bible verses.
Here are some helpful downloads on my Packages Page –
Handwriting Tips Booklet (US$R7.00 / ZAR70.00) This comprehensive 20-page E-book is packed with practical tips and activities covers pre, early and basic writing skills . It includes helpful activities and fun pre-writing games to build up your child’s gross motor strength, develop fine motor control and develop their spatial awareness. Important guidelines to promote correct posture and pencil grip for maximum control and minimum stress while learning to write. I recommend you also purchase the step-by-step guides below for specific guidelines to teach print and cursive.
Teaching Print step-by-step (US$2.00 / ZAR20.00) An 8-page booklet with practical advice, clear examples and step-by-step instructions on how and where to place letters and how to form each print letter. I share remedial and junior primary teachers tips, which have proven very effective in our in our homeschooling.
Teaching Cursive step-by-step (US$2.00 / ZAR20.00) A comprehensive 8-page booklet with practical advice, simple instructions, clear examples, step-by-step descriptions on how and where to place letters and how to form cursive letters.
Pop over to order you handwriting booklets on my Packages Page.
Wishing you every blessings, Nadene