I have gotten pretty lucky with my son that he seems to love pretty much everything he is doing at school. The only area that he had a tough time with was his writing. Now If you have ever seen my writing you will wonder who the heck am I to talk about neat handwriting, but I really wanted my son to be a neater writer than I am so I looked for fun ways to help him get better. Here are a few of the things that we did to help him with his handwriting and in general make him enjoy to write even more. He has a pretty good imagination and to me writing is one of the best ways to encourage that.
To Help Your Child Write : Look At How They Are Holding The Pencil
It was my son’s teacher who noticed this, but he had a really weak and flimsy grasp on his pencil. This actually turned out to be the main reason as to why he had kind of scruffy hand writing. So I and his teacher would make a point to tell him to make sure he had a good firm grip on his pencil. One way I got him to do it was tell him to pretend he was Superman and hold the pencil as hard as he would. Well, he did this, snapped the pencil in half and then flew off to fight Lex Luthor. Of course I am kidding, but by relating it to Superman I did make it seem more fun for him and he got into it more.
To Help Your Child Write : Make A Neat Writing Game
I made up a little quiz where I would ask my son a question about something he loves. In his case it was superheroes, but you can replace it with whatever your child is into. Anyway I would give him a pencil and a notepad. I would ask easy questions that I knew he would know the answer to. The reason for this is not to test his knowledge, but to get him to write. So I would ask a question like what does Hulk like to do. And he would have to write down smash, but the trick was that he would only get a point if the answer was written neatly.
To Help Your Child Write : Help Them Write A Story
After a while your child will be coming up with all kinds of fun and interesting stories, but if your child has troubles thinking of ideas then try this. These are called openings. I give my son a line like David walked down the steps of the castle, turned the corner and saw a giant. And then I would stop and my son would write something to finish it off. This was really fun and my son had a great time doing this. Also as he was so proud of his stories he would make it a point to write it neatly so others could read it.
To Help Your Child Write : Do Not Get Frustrated
Here is a key one right here. Make sure that you do not get frustrated with your child. If you start getting all stressed out over them writing then it will make them feel bad and make writing seem like nothing more than a huge chore and something they do not want to do. Instead support them all the way and if you do find things are getting to much then take a break!
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