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Ms. Kolimja

September 10, 2022

Writing, ELA

How To Teach Your Child Handwriting (The Fun Way)

Many parents stress not only over the content of their child’s writing, but also its appearance. “Chicken scratch” might be a parent’s worst nightmare, but it’s not as daunting as the task of teaching your child how to write legibly. Look no further, for I have the activity that will resolve many of your problems!

The only thing that your child might love more than individual attention is a surprise. That being said, creating personalized handwriting worksheets might help you to get your child writing in a way that is exciting for them, and rewarding for you. On the website, Worksheet Works, you can generate handwriting activities that will keep your child interested. In completing these activities, your child will learn the proper ways to write each letter in a word. All handwriting is muscle memory, so giving your child an activity like this one gets them into the habit of writing legibly (and also taking their time to spell words correctly!)

The best worksheets are those that place your child into a story, imagining them as the main character. For example, do they love dinosaurs? Then write up a short, 300-word narrative (a little over half of a single-spaced page!) about your child discovering a dinosaur egg after a meteor crashes. Alternatively, is their birthday coming up? Then write up a short story about what their birthday surprise might be. The possibilities are endless. All you have to do is take your story, and put it into a Worksheet Works generator, the links for which are listed below. Click print, and voila! You now have a fun and pain-free handwriting and spelling activity.

You can also find an example story below, to get you started and give an idea of how to create a story with a simple, yet exciting, beginning, middle, and end.

Worksheet Works Practice:

Example Story (substitute the lined section with your child’s name):

“______’s Dinosaur Adventure”
______ was bored, and did not know what to do on this rainy day. They had read all their books and played all their games. There was nothing left to do!

That all changed when ______ heard a loud crash in their backyard. It was a meteor! Out of that meteor rolled an egg. This egg was the biggest one that ______ ever saw. Crack! It was hatching!

Instead of a bird, ______ witnessed the birth of a dinosaur! It was a pterodactyl, with fragile, pink wings.

_______ felt both excited and afraid. They wanted to get close to the baby dinosaur and see what it was like. Would it be nice, or would it bite?

When ______ got close, the pterodactyl opened its eyes. A purring sound seemed to come out of its mouth. ______ pet the baby on its nose, and the dinosaur cuddled up to them.

This is when _____ knew it was the start of a beautiful friendship.

To be continued…
We hope you enjoy the activities alongside your child! This learning experience will be sure to give you both fun (and funny) memories.

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