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How to improve your child’s handwriting?

Shikha Batra
3 to 7 years

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How to improve your childs handwriting

Over a cuppa at Sanjana’s house (who organised a get together of a whatsapp mom’s group of her daughter’s classmates), moms shared the common pain point – handwriting issues: “My daughter has a real messy handwriting, even though she tries really hard to be neat in her notebooks,” exclaimed Sanjana, mother to a 7-year-old girl. “I can’t read what my son writes,” shared Sunaina, mother to an 8-year-old boy. “My 6-year-old is still struggling to get her pencil grip right,” grimaced another mom.

Well, they all strained hard to recognise the alphabets and words penned down by their children! Handwriting becomes crucial since it does affect grades, that too in a big way and that’s why it becomes all the more important for a parent’s intervention to improve the child’s handwriting. To add to the woes, most children are averse to writing to begin with, but if you can make it fun, your child will take to it like bees to honey!

So here are 6 ways to cut out writing woes of your children, and show off their notebooks to fellow parents too!

1. Get your child’s pencil grasp right: The most efficient way to hold a pencil is the dynamic tripod grasp where a pencil is positioned between the thumb and the index finger with the pencil resting on the middle finger. There are many ways to promote tripod grasp such as popping up bubble wraps; writing with smaller tools such as crayons, small sized pencils, breaking chalks into halves; let them get artsy by indulging in messy finger painting; use tongs or tweezers to transfer beads from one bowl to another; tearing and crushing paper into balls; writing on vertical surfaces such as easels, chalkboards which build strength and stability in arms and shoulders.

2. Make your child practice writing on different textures: Shaving cream smeared on the table, a foggy mirror, patch of mud, leftover sauce makes great surfaces. Let them experiment with sand, play dough or clay to refine their fine motor skills. This makes it fun and your child will shed any fears he might have regarding the written word, so easily and effortlessly.

3. Give her the ‘write’ environment: You may give that environment by giving her a good chair and a table at the right height – this is important for posture as well as good writing skill. Maintaining right posture is quite essential by resting your arms on the table and keeping your torso in the right position.

4. Get the lined paper be your child’s guide: Get four lined notebooks for writing in English and five lined notebooks for writing in Hindi. These lines help them create letters that are right in size and proportion. They also keep writing straight instead of uphill or downhill.

5. Slow and steady solves the problem: Slowing down a bit keeps the child’s body and mind in control and helps her match the speed between her thoughts and putting it on paper which means fewer mistakes. So don’t try to hasten up the process. Give your child time and space to do her best. Keep checking and encouraging as she makes a little progress every day.

6. Break down the task into smaller parts: Writing too much at one go can result in fatigue and frustration too, which leads to bad handwriting and redoing, all of which can be avoided if small steps are taken at a time – if one page is too much, settle for half a page. Be flexible in your approach so that your child enjoys the process. Divide the work into smaller chunks so that child is willing and not dreading the time you spend with her to improve her handwriting.

Remember, writing is more than doing homework or doing well at school! It is a life skill too, that will stay with your child for all years to come. Cut out the boredom by motivating her to write a one-line birthday greeting card for her friend or take notes of her dance class or sports event, whatever interests her. Linking the handwriting process with things that your child naturally enjoys will do wonders. Maintaining a diary and writing one page everyday also acts as a good outlet for venting feelings and at the same time ‘making her practice’. You may also suggest that they make lists of things they want to do (which will also help them get more organised) or encourage your child to copy her favourite poems and quotations.

How have you been dealing with it? If you have tried something that helped your child improve his or her handwriting, please share with us and help other moms in this journey. Your feedback and comments are valuable to our readers and parentune team.

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| Jul 25, 2017

my son is 4 year 10month is doesn't try to read in books and he won't write is classroom what mam writes on board

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| Jul 21, 2017

very helpful blog

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| Jul 17, 2017

Simran please read the blog u will find many suggestions. hope you will find these useful!

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| Jul 17, 2017

Hello Shikha Very nice suggestions, as a Handwriting analyst I would like to add that a lot of Handwriting exercises should be done along for the children which will eventually help them while writing in cursive, make it more neat , the connection proper and help taking one step at a time. I have given out a list of reasons as to why cursive is important , for those who would like to read , link is given below. http://www.theworldofhandwriting.com/educational-blog/cursive-writing-and-its-importance

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| Jul 16, 2017

my son handwriting is very bad what i do for improve

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| Jul 16, 2017

Good article for tis life time skill. Adding few points Initially to start with Triangular crayons n use till Nursery n gradually move on to Triangular pencils which will be helpful for tripod grip. The book should also be tilted at 45 degrees which also helps a lot.

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| Jul 15, 2017

very nice suggestions. .I shall try with my son... he does not write cursive handwriting as it was not compulsory in thier previous school... now he is in 3rd but can't write cursive and it's compulsory in his new school. .. these tips r very useful... thank u so much... parentune is a great application

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| Jul 14, 2017

Thanks .....Good Information

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| Jul 10, 2017

well said, writing on vertical board really helpful for hand grip!! thank you for information

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| Jul 10, 2017

Helpful information

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| Jul 08, 2017

Thank you Shikha... really helpful as my daughter has just started writing. ..

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| Jul 07, 2017

Very helpful article. Thank u.

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| Jul 05, 2017

Nice article, thanks for sharing...

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| Jun 25, 2017

thanks Shikha....

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| Jun 19, 2017

very useful tips.. thank u

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| Jun 11, 2017

pl ask ur child to hold his pencil at a proper place... they usually keep on changing the holding place which makes the writing uneven

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| Jun 10, 2017

nice tips

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| Jun 02, 2017

thanks for valuable ,useful tips

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| Apr 29, 2017

useful tips. thanks a lot....

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| Apr 27, 2017

thx fr sharing... experiencing same problem... ll surely try this.

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| Apr 26, 2017

Thanks a lot for ur valuable tips

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| Apr 26, 2017

thanks for your tips. I'm sure they'll add to the effort. will be back as I try them.... wish me luck!

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| Apr 25, 2017

thanks your tip r v effective

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| Apr 24, 2017

Your tips are really useful, thank you

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| Apr 22, 2017

thanks for these useful tips

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| Apr 21, 2017

useful tips

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| Apr 21, 2017

Certainly I will try these tips

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| Apr 20, 2017

thanks fr such a helpful blog.. ur suggestions to improve hand writing are really wonderful.. gud work

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| Apr 10, 2017

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| Feb 04, 2017

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| Feb 02, 2017

how can we improve concentration on my child

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| Feb 01, 2017

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| Jan 30, 2017

Thank you all for your valuable feedback. I am glad u all liked my blog and find it useful!!!

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| Jan 28, 2017

I really liked the way . and I m definitely going to try n if I will be successful i will definitely share

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| Jan 27, 2017

Very informative and useful Thank you...

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| Jan 26, 2017

it's really very nice points. I will follow it n try to improve my son's handwriting. Thanks

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| Jan 25, 2017

thanks for sharing the topic. my daughter's handwriting is like bugs on the copy. n also she never interested in writing. she always wants oral test of the topic n not in written. she is bright student. but only handwriting....... I hope this blog will help me. thanx.

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| Jan 25, 2017

very informative and it helped me thank u

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| Jan 25, 2017

hi thanks for sharing the tips, very informative,even I was also struggling for the same issue my son is good in visualising but when it comes to writing he just wants to finish his work no matter how the handwriting is , am definitely going to try this .thank you so much

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| Jan 25, 2017

hi.. very informative blog i make my son to write in an overwriting book... that improved his word formation i tried that for English.. and now I'm getting him a book for Hindi too.

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| Jan 24, 2017

very informative and helpfull.. thanks a lot...

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| Jan 24, 2017

Very nicely written, Shikha . Very informative.

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