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Ms. Leber

December 15, 2023

Writing

Good Handwriting = Higher Scores in School

Thanks to the availability of devices, typing has become a necessary skill for academic success. But good old fashioned handwriting is still an incredibly important skill for students to master. Research indicates that students with good handwriting perform better in math and reading, and writing by hand improves cognitive performance more than typing.  Even if they aren’t learning cursive, students still need to have legible handwriting and be able to sign their full name. If your child suffers from sloppy handwriting, here are ways to improve.

  1. Dexterity- Building fine motor skills goes a long way in improving hand dexterity. Play games or do activities that require precise hand work, like playing game Operation or make bracelets with beads.
  2. Practice at Home- Use handwriting paper to practice tricky letters. Assign the task of adding activities on the family calendar or writing out the grocery list.
  3. Doodling- Encourage drawing and doodling with the pens and pencils to improve writing grip and range of motion.
  4. Novelty- Use glass markers and bath crayons and take advantage of fun new surfaces for practice.
  5. Letters- Encourage kids to handwrite letters and cards to relatives and friends who live far away. This also encourages them to practice their address and how to properly fill out an envelope.

Bonus tip: Be sure to accommodate lefties. Writing left-handed is difficult in a world designed for right-handers, so be sure they have writing instruments, notebooks, and grips that allow them to write without obstacles and discomfort, and avoid pens that smear easily.

Finding ways to improve fine motor skills and fit writing in at home will quickly lead to handwriting improvement in no time! Thanks for watching, and for more ELA tips, please subscribe and turn on notifications for future videos.

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