With the majority of students completing at least part of this past school year online, we have heard from a large number of students they have hardly had to write anything with a pencil this year. As a result, students are struggling to maintain their handwriting skills. Incorporating a few handwriting activities each week into your child’s routine could have a huge payoff when it comes time to return to school this fall. Get some inspiration from our list of favorites!
Who says that practicing handwriting has to be boring?! Read more to learn how to combine family game night with handwriting practice!
Dysgraphia is a learning disability where the child has a neurological disorder that affects their ability to write, regardless of their intellect. Learn more about the disability and what options are available for your child to overcome it!
Handwriting practice is extremely valuable for multiple reasons, yet many students are resistive to doing it. Check out these valuable tips and tricks to help your child make the most of their handwriting practice.
Handwriting strengthens fine motor and cognitive skills and builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
Good gross motor control provides the core stability and strength necessary for hand and finger muscles to do their work. Gross motor skills involve the postural control and movement of large muscle groups in the neck, shoulders, trunk, and legs; these skills allow us to perform tasks like sitting upright, standing, walking, running, and playing. Gross motor skill development typically precedes the development of fine motor skills.
The muscles used in handwriting begin to develop and strengthen in infancy. By the age of five, most children have developed enough muscle strength and control to begin writing. The small finger muscles are the ones most central to the writing process. If your child needs help improving the muscle strength that leads to fine motor skills for handwriting success, read more for some ideas!