Learning to Write: The Tricks of the Trade

Whether they’re colouring in or practicing how to spell their name, if your child is scribbling away, they’re inadvertently practicing their handwriting – even if it’s not directly obvious. The alphabet can be tricky to master for a child with an unsteady hand and even with mum and dad at their side, some inky messes are certain to happen – but that’s fine! Vanish can help remove ink stains with ease so you can focus on helping your child cross their T’s and dot their I’s, and take the stress out of making mistakes.

Here are a few things to consider when helping to improve your child’s handwriting.

Work out what your child is struggling with

Of course, some things come more naturally than others, and there will always be something that your child may find more challenging than others. Common problems that many children struggle with include letter formation, sizing, spaces between words, and writing in a straight line.[1]

At this point, it is important to remember everything gets better over time and with practice

The transition from pencil to pen brings a whole set of new challenges which include ink spills and smudges. Showing your child that an inky mess isn’t the end of the world and laughing it off will help reduce stress – and tantrums - as they continue to practice!

Day-to-day life

Nowadays, many older children can be seen with their heads buried behind a phone or computer, but bringing handwriting into your family’s day-to-day routine is a great way to allow your child to practice their handwriting without making it seem like they are. Examples of how to do this include:

  • Making lists and labels
  • Leaving notes for each other around the house
  • Creating hand-made cards

Don’t get upset with them

It’s understandable that you may both get a tiny bit frustrated if things don’t go off to a flying start. However, by making handwriting practice fun you have the power to change the situation. A reward system and setting easy to achieve targets can help to encourage your child to want to continue.

If you have any examples of your early school books from your childhood, dig them out to show your children so they can see that everyone has to start somewhere! Remember if there are any ink spills and stains while your child is learning to write, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world – or their handwriting session.

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[1] http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/writing-activities/5-ways-to-improve-your-childs-handwriting