These handwriting tips for kids might give you some ideas and inspiration for helping your child!
While some of us ditched handwriting the day we left education (hello devices!), I spend a lot of my day writing.
I tried for years to embrace digital planning but it just doesn’t work for me day to day. I use my iPhone calendar regularly but for my actual To Do list, it’s my Erin Condren LifePlanner all the way.
“Research shows that forming letters by putting pen to paper stimulates brain circuits to help with memory, attention, motor skills and language in a way that punching a keyboard doesn’t,” said Mr John Johnston, marketing manager, Pilot Pen Australia.
The Best Handwriting Pen for Me
I’m a diehard fan of Frixion pens from Pilot Pen Australia. They’re available in a variety of ballpoint colours as well as stamps and highlighters.
Writing with them is a breeze as they’re so comfortable to hold and smooth on paper.
The best part? If you make a mistake, they rub out with the friction eraser at the end of the pen!
National Handwriting Day
My daughter started school last year and seeing her handwriting develop has been amazing. As well as her love for writing letters, stories and songs!
We practice her handwriting regularly and I love that there’s day devoted to it.
Want to know how to improve your child’s handwriting?
With the new school year coming up, National Handwriting Day is the perfect time to encourage your children’s handwriting practice. Here’s Barbara Nichol, handwriting and writing skills for kids expert, author and teacher shares her top tips on how to improve handwriting for kids to help guide you:
Childrens Handwriting Tips
Teach your child to hold a pen properly using a tripod pen hold – holding the pen between the thumb and index finger and resting the barrel on the middle finger. This helps with correct letter formation and prevents ‘over gripping’ resulting in fatigue.
2. Roundy round
Teach your child the difference between clockwise and anti-clockwise by encouraging them to draw a circle. As most letters are formed anti-clockwise, this will help them with letter formation.
3. Free flow
Use writing instruments that have a good free flow of ink so they don’t require heavy pressure. This allows your child to concentrate on the letter formation rather than pressing hard to get the pen to work.
4. Line up
Make sure you use lined paper or draw the lines yourself, so your child can get into the practice of forming the letters correctly and they learn that each letter has an upper, middle and lower zone.
5. Pen power
Find a pen that your child loves and that will capture their imagination so they enjoy their handwriting practice. Pilot’s Frixion range features erasable ink so children can erase any mistakes which can encourage confidence. Fountain pens are great fun and have the novelty factor. The Kakuno Fountain Pen has been specially made for children – it has a thick barrel for an easy grip with a smooth flow of ink requiring no pressure.
Handwriting Tips for Kids
For handwriting practice sheets and more tips on how to improve handwriting, visit: www.pilotpen.com.au
Barbara Nichol is the author of ‘Polishing Your Penmanship’ available at www.pensdeluxe.ashop.com.au
I hope these tips on how to improve children’s writing has been of value to you.
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Try practicing these handwriting tips for kids on National Handwriting Day with your child! Let me know if you try the handwriting practice worksheets too.