Handwriting is peculiar to each person. It is different from typing and printing. It is a mode of conveying a message through writing on a piece of paper with a pen or a pencil. Every person has their own unique handwriting style. Therefore, it becomes very important to write neatly and legibly so that our message could be properly understood by the reader.
It is very important for everyone to develop good handwriting skills from the very beginning. In this article, we will discuss the importance of having good handwriting, the causes of poor handwriting, and how to improve handwriting for kids with the help of some tips.
Firstly, it is very important for us to understand the reason to have good handwriting. Following are some of these reasons mentioned:-
Our readers must be able to understand what we want to convey. They will be able to do so only when they can read what we have written.
It helps to improve our learning and fluency in reading.
It improves the academic performance of the student.
Writing and learning help to boost memory.
It helps to build focus and concentration.
It helps to convey a message more meaningfully.
Finally, it helps us in various long-term benefits.
Therefore, a person’s handwriting is very important for their success. Some people are gifted with good handwriting. But, there are many people who don't have such a gift. They must not lose hope. They must practice hard to improve their handwriting.
Before coming to the tips on how to improve handwriting for kids, let us first understand what causes poor handwriting.
What Causes Poor Handwriting?
Lack of sufficient practice of writing at an early age
Learning is not supported by high-quality instructions
The worksheets of the school had single lines or no lines to write on
Learning disability is like dyspraxia or dyslexia
Difficulty in holding a pencil or pen with a proper grip and posture
Lack of support from teachers or elders
Problems in forming letters or placing them with the correct space
Finally, the lack of interest from this side of the student
This problem of having messy handwriting can make it hard for a student to do well in school. It will always have an effect on his confidence and motor skills. Improvements made at an early stage will have long-lasting effects. Therefore it becomes very important for elders to support children to improve their handwriting at an early stage.
Up next in our article we are laying down 10 tips on how to improve children's handwriting.
10 tips on how to improve handwriting quickly for children
Use a good pencil/pen
This is one of the most important tips for good handwriting. The choice of pencil or pen must have a good size, a proper grip, and a proper flow. Remember, not to put too much pressure while writing. This will leave marks on the next page which will lead to disturbances later on.
Have a proper grip
It is very important to have a relaxing grip. Most of the people face difficulty in writing because of an improper grip. It is generally advisable to use your thumb and the first two fingers to hold the pen/pencil while writing.
It will be difficult in the beginning but soon you will grab the hold. Remember not to hold the pen/pencil too tight because this will restrict your muscle movements.
Hold the paper while writing
It is a very important step. It is difficult to write on anything that is moving. Therefore, it is suggested to hold the paper or a copy with the opposite hand. This will help you ensure the flow while writing.
Use a ruled copy/page for writing
Writing on a plain paper is difficult. Therefore we suggest our readers use ruled copy/page while practicing handwriting. This will help you maintain a horizontal flow of your writing.
Experiment paper rotations
To become a good writer, you should be able to write on any kind of paper. Therefore we suggest our readers practice and experiment with paper rotation.
For example, if you have written something on a ruled paper for the first week, try writing the same thing on a white paper next week.
Use cursive handwriting books and tracing papers to get a start
This is one of the most important practice tools to improve the handwriting. These cursive handwriting books help us to set flow in writing and also enhance the writing. These books will take you through various drills of capital and lowercase letters, words, and sentences.
“Practice makes a man perfect”. It is not an impossible task to improve your handwriting. All it needs is a regular practice. We suggest our readers to at least write one page of something daily in order to make improvements in writing. Children are advised not to use tools that make writing easy.
Things take time to become a habit. It is very important to be patient and consistent with the practice. Stay focused and stay positive. Research shows that it takes approximately six months to notice the improvements in handwriting.
Draw and improve
Children love to draw. Consider writing to be an art. This way kids will improve their grip as well as their flow. It is believed that a good artist always has good handwriting.
Children are at a learning stage. They require support in order to develop any new habit. Therefore, it is advisable to help them whenever they face any obstructions. Teaching handwriting is not a standalone lesson. It can be embedded in everyday teaching.
Maths is a very different subject when compared to English. English teaches us alphabets but it is equally important to understand numbers. It is seen that many people face issues in writing numbers too. For them, we have laid down some additional tips:-
Understand the difference between Roman numbers, Decimal numbers, and Greek numbers.
Use a mathematics notebook to start developing handwriting in maths. It is not a ruled copy. It is a notebook where pages are printed with a number of squares.
Use scale, pencil, and other tools while drawing shapes in geometry.
Understand the different mathematical symbols used and practice them on a regular basis.
Learn to keep space between the numbers written.
Correlate various numbers with some alphabet of English. For eg, 1 with ‘I’, 9 with ‘g’, etc.
We suggest you follow the above-mentioned tips on how to improve handwriting for at least 6 months. Only then they will start noticing improvements in your handwriting. Good things take time. Regular practice and motivation to learn and develop writing skills will surely reap benefits.
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So, Practice well!!
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is growth and fixed mindset?
Fix your handwriting technique.
Maintain good posture.
Hold the pen whichever way feels comfortable.
Avoid gripping the pen too hard.
Use a good writing implement.
Improve your handwriting style.
Use a shorthand writing system.
How can I improve my handwriting in 30 days?
Pin this challenge. Save these...
Day 1: Decide the Reason for Wanting to Improve.
Day 2: Know What to Look for.
Day 3: Identify Your Imperfections.
Day 4: Get the Right Materials to Help Your Cause.
Day 5: Practice With Air Writing.
Day 6: Stretch Your Hands and Wrists.
Day 7: Learn to Hold Your Pen or Pencil Properly.
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