Our website most probably contains far more about handwriting than you were expecting. It can be quite daunting to start off with and so we have some suggestions as to your best approach to using it and supporting your child.
Handwriting is both a physical and mental task which have to work together for a child to handwrite well. Our website explains both and gives advice on how to build the physical strengths and teach the knowledge required.
So how to start …
First you need to look at what your child would be expected to do at their age. It might be their handwriting is acceptable for their age and you have nothing to worry about, they might be slightly behind and just need a bit of help or they may be struggling and more assistance is required. Don’t worry we have suggestions for each scenario.
If you need to give extra support to your child at home then we would first recommend talking to their school to find out what letter font and letter version they are teaching to ensure your child doesn’t get confused.
Questions you should ask your child’s teacher:
Children need to be able to hold and control a pencil correctly to be able to handwrite efficiently. As their strength grows they should be able to progress from a very basic grip to holding a pencil in a tripod grip (the best grip for handwriting). If your child isn’t yet ready you should not force this process as the new grip will be uncomfortable and can lead to them being put off handwriting.
This means their muscles tense and tire more quickly than if they were relaxed. Our warm up exercises have been designed to release this tension in the muscle groups required for handwriting. They are great as starter activities to get your child ready for handwriting as well as mid-session relaxation.
To help you understand the answers an explanation, and information, on the different: teaching routes used in school’s; letter fonts taught and letter versions available on our website can be found here.