Handwriting practice for kids
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Learning to write can be a challenging task for children but with the use of a highlighter and some directional prompts (arrows), handwriting practice can be made manageable and fun at home too.
Holding a pencil and forming letters can be tough for kids. To help your child get a better grasp when he starts learning to write, consider buying some golf pencils. These are the small pencils you see at mini-golf courses and bowling alleys. Their size makes them easier for little hands to hold on to and balance correctly. If you can’t find golf pencils, that’s OK. A broken crayon, half a piece of chalk or even the short leftover piece of a well-used pencil could work, too. (1)
After a child learns how to write her name in uppercase and lowercase letters, teach the rest of the capitals. Go in the order of difficulty: Start with straight letters, then curvy ones, and end with diagonals.
First: E F H I L T
Second: B C D G J O P Q S U
Third: A K M N R V W X Y Z
Our eldest daughter has been practicing her handwriting for over 6 months now. She has mastered her name in upper and lower case and is now working on the other letters of the alphabet. This activity suits her readiness and should only be used when your child has mastered the basics first.
I used a yellow highlighter to write the letters in upper and lower case, one set with arrows as prompts on how to write each letter; and a set without to extend the challenge.
I wholely enourage you to sit with your child and observe how they form each letter so that you can identify which letters they are having particular problems with and use future handwriting practice time focusing on these letters.