Being parents, we all care for our children’s bright future and successful career and do try our best to help them to achieve it in all the possible ways. Good handwriting skills are one of the first things which many of the parents try to teach their children in their early age, but most of them end up facing disappointing results. Here, we will look at some simple and easy steps which parents can make their children follow to improve their handwriting skills in an effective manner.
If you want your kind to have good handwriting, you would really need to start with the absolute basics. The first step towards having good handwriting is to train your child about the correct way to hold a pen or a pencil. The rightest way to hold a pen or pencil is by letting your thumb rest on the base. Support it with your index and middle fingers and form a balance. By doing this, you will start finding minor improvements in your child’s handwriting. So, if your child is having lesser good handwriting, just go with this first step.
For good handwriting, handling the paper in the right way while you write is equally important as handling your pen or pencil. The paper you are writing on should never be wavy or cross; it should be always straight and should not be shaky. But how one should go about it? Here you go…
Generally, parents tend to commit a mistake by allowing their kids to write and complete their homework without the support of a pad. If you are among those parents, then this is an important step for you. If you really want your kid to improve her/his handwriting skills, train them to write always with the support of a good writing pad with clips on. Even if your child is using a notebook, it can be clipped easily. This will help the kids to improve their handwriting skills sooner.
If the kid is quite young, you can allow her/him to practice handwriting with a pencil. And if the kid is a bit elder, he/she can go ahead practicing handwriting with a pen. Now, for the younger kids, the selection of pencil is really important. First of all, the pencil should be with a dark lead. And the tip of the pencil should be well-sharpened. Many of the students seen continue writing with small pencils. It’s a wrong practice. Once the length of the pencil reaches about sixty percent of the new pencil, one should stop writing with the same and instead continue writing with another freshly sharpened pencil. Continuing writing with smaller pencils can cause bad handwriting results.
Those who might be thinking then what to do with those partially used pencils? Don’t worry! You don’t need to waste them; you can make use of them for other purposes like drawing, shading (except handwriting). Pen-pencils are a big no-no! And for the elderly kids, gel pen is a big yes-yes. Its excellent fluency adds in totally to improve their handwriting speed.
In your child’s homework book, if you are often getting to see able to see imprints on the previous pages once after your child has completed writing, this means nothing else but one thing that the amount of pressure that has been put on the pen or pencil is too much. In such cases, parents need to train their child by asking them to relax their grip and write without applying any sort extra and unwanted pressure. Giving less pressure would enable them to form letter easily and ultimately improving their handwriting skills in a much easier way.
To write it in the right way, first, it is important to sit in the right way. Sitting in the right position and posture before writing makes a major difference and has a big impact on the final results. Before start handwriting, one needs to sit straight and in a relaxed position. With all the non-writing fingers gently curled under the hand, and the hand position resting lightly on the table, you can actually move towards the right posture required for good handwriting.
Many children find it really easy and interesting to write in cursive but it proves to be difficult for some of them to write and practice in cursive. But motivation and training can cure it all. Encourage your kids to write only in cursive; this will help them to attain a good speed and consistency in their handwriting. One of the important features of cursive handwriting is that it looks much more presentable than that handwriting which isn’t. Also, an additional important advantage of cursive handwriting is that students tend to complete their exams on time. Thus, cursive is highly recommended for parents and students both.
The next time when your kids sit to complete their homework, do make them follow all the above easy and impact steps. This will surely make a remarkable difference and improvement in their handwriting. Happy writing!