How do you teach handwriting? I like practice, made fun! Handwriting can be a difficult skill for little ones. Some of the difficulty and solution can come from what they use to write with. We often give the littlest children the largest crayons to write with, and then wonder why they struggle. Think about writing with something that is so big your fingers can hardly wrap around it. I like having children write with real pencils and pens. It can also up the fun if children write with markers, crayons, gel pens and colored pencils. They enjoy the variety and LOVE writing with color. This can make the work easier to do too.
How do you teach handwriting? Most people like to use worksheets. They can be a way of children seeing how big the letters should be and work with the lines to try to match it. I like to start with the letters O and t. These letters help children to learn how to make circles and lines, and all the other letters build on that. I also like having children use handwriting sheets that teach more then just handwriting. The worksheets I like spell words too. These worksheets help children put meaning to letters. They are able to learn how individual letters make words.
It is also fun to have children practice handwriting by using other sources. This is where you are able to use your imagination to get really creative. You can have children write in sand with their finger. They can write with chalk on the sidewalk. They can write with soap crayons on the bathtub wall. It doesn’t matter what you use, just make it fun. Remember when they’re laughing, they’re learning, so always Teach With Giggles. Written by Raeann Hansen 2019