In this technological age, it’s easy to dismiss handwriting as an outdated skill. However most of the work children do in school is handwritten and for the foreseeable future, GCSE and A-level exams will be too.
Tips to encourage good handwriting
- Choose the right pen. Often a chunky pen or a pen with a triangular grip is more comfortable.
- Check their posture. Ensure children sit up straight at a desk or table and that they can rest their arm on the writing surface comfortably.
- Pick the right paper. Lined paper is important and school exercise books all have lines spaced suitably for good sized handwriting. Handwriting paper can be useful if extra practice is needed. http://www.printablepaper.net/category/penmanship
- Slow down. Don’t rush them to complete homework so they focus more on the letter formation. Some children find that using a slower pen (even a fountain pen) can help improve handwriting.
- Examine their writing. Get them to write the alphabet out on lined paper and join every letter. Look out for some of the most common problems:
- Do the Os look like Qs?
- Are the a and g left open at the top so they look like a u or y?
- Is the writing too small?
- Do they dot the i and cross the t?
- Check the height of their letters. Letters need to be the correct height in relation to each other. The ascenders on b, d, f, h, k, l and t should be the same height above other letters. The descenders on g, j, p, q and y should be the same size below the line.
These tips were taken from an article in the Guardian. You can find it here.