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How to Help Your Child Improve Handwriting

By The Understood Team

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At a Glance

  • Not all kids learn handwriting skills at the same pace.

  • There are lots of strategies and tools you can use to improve handwriting.

  • Observing your child can help you understand how best to help.

Developing handwriting skills is a process, and it doesn’t happen at the same rate for all kids. But if your child has messy or different handwriting, you might wonder what you can do to help your child improve handwriting.

Here are some ways you and the school can help your child get handwriting practice.

Ways to Improve Handwriting at Home

If your child’s written work is messy, pay attention to what’s going on as your child is writing. For example, does your child’s hand get tired easily? Is it hard for your child to control the pencil or form letters and numbers on the paper?

Observing your child can help you understand how best to help. It also gives you information to share with others. Talk to your child’s teacher to find out if what you’re seeing at home is also happening in the classroom. Teachers often have suggestions for how you can help your child improve handwriting at home.

You can use specific strategies to help your child learn and practice handwriting skills. Teachers and specialists often use these strategies, too. And there are simple, low-cost tools, like handwriting sheets and pencil grips, that can make writing easier.

Ways the School Can Help With Handwriting

When kids struggle with handwriting, it doesn’t mean they’re not smart. But messy handwriting can get in the way of learning, since it can keep kids from showing what they know.

Ask the teacher if handwriting challenges are making it hard for your child to learn. If they are, together you can come up with a plan for helping your child improve.

There are a few things schools can do for kids who need help with handwriting. For example, the teacher could let your child use special lined paper or have extra time to finish written work.

Technology can help, too. And in some cases, schools offer a service called occupational therapy, which can help kids build fine motor skills. This is the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists.

Learn more about messy handwriting and what can cause it. And remember that struggling with any skill can take a toll on kids’ self-esteem. Let your child know that everyone struggles with something, and that all people have strengths, too. Discover your child’s strengths with this fun activity.

Key Takeaways

  • Messy handwriting can make it hard for kids to show what they know.

  • Low-cost tools like pencil grips and special lined paper can make handwriting easier.

  • Ask your child’s teachers what they’re seeing in class, and work together to figure out next steps.

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