Let Your Child Choose
Learning to write is not only an essential life skill, it opens up an entire world of communication for children. Remember to make handwriting practice a fun activity for kids! Encourage them to choose the activity they will start with first. Typically, they will choose something they need to practice.
Limit Table Time
Remember to limit your child’s practice time (fine motor and writing) to 20 or 30 minutes. Children need to move! Sitting at a table for long periods of time can be difficult for them.
Keep It Fun
Don't use handwriting practice as punishment. Children should view writing letters and numbers as a fun activity. They should have a sense of accomplishment when they finish. Remember, learning to write will build your child’s confidence.
Strengthen Those Muscles
If your child has trouble maintaining good posture while writing at a table, they may need to work on core and arm strength. Muscle strengthening is easy and fun to do with floor activities. Have your child practice the crab walk or the wheelbarrow walk to make these muscle groups stronger.
You Can Do It Anywhere
The kitchen table isn’t the only place for practicing handwriting. Have kids practice writing on a floor-sized paper pad or on a piece of paper taped to the wall. Both will help strengthen muscles in the arms and core and give your child a needed change of scenery!