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Help w/ 7 y/o handwriting..

Posted by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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I need some advice, tips.. anything. My 7 y/o son is in 1st grade. He is reading past grade level, doing well in all other aspects of school... except his handwriting. It is so sloppy. Its very hard to read, the words run together or are too far apart.. and sometimes the letters are formed poorly. Its getting to the point that his grades are suffering because the teacher can't read his work. We practice every night at home, he knows to take his time and slow down (though i don't think he does at school) offer rewards and we even are starting to take away things if it doesn't improve. I don't know what else to do. It seems he doesn't care about it.. or he gets really upset and says he can't do it. I know he can because there have been a few times where his writing has been decent..

Help me please.. I don't want this to be an ongoing problem for him!

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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maxswolfsuit
by Max on Oct. 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Try introducing him to cursive. That could be easier for him. 

jasonsmommy05
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 6:58 PM

really? i would think that would be harder...

Quoting maxswolfsuit:

Try introducing him to cursive. That could be easier for him. 


maxswolfsuit
by Max on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

For some kids it is, but for others it isn't. 

It's faster and more fluid than printing. Sometimes that makes it easier for students who are focused on what they are writing rather than forming the letters. 

Quoting jasonsmommy05:

really? i would think that would be harder...

Quoting maxswolfsuit:

Try introducing him to cursive. That could be easier for him. 



mommaslilmen
by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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Practice practice practice. Have him write a ton of things, help make the shopping lists, chore lists, write notes to grandparents and friends. Start by making a space rule, and the three line rule (if his letters are getting too big)
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mommaslilmen
by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:12 PM
http://kidshealth.org/kid/grow/school_stuff/handwriting.html#

http://www.fonts4teachersblog.com/20-awesome-tips-teaching-kids-penmanship/

http://parentingsquad.com/seven-tips-to-help-improve-your-childs-handwriting
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nomadbrat83
by Bronze Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM
Yep I find when I wrote for school cursive was easier. Also my handwriting in cursive is much better than my printing

Quoting maxswolfsuit:

For some kids it is, but for others it isn't. 

It's faster and more fluid than printing. Sometimes that makes it easier for students who are focused on what they are writing rather than forming the letters. 

Quoting jasonsmommy05:

really? i would think that would be harder...

Quoting maxswolfsuit:

Try introducing him to cursive. That could be easier for him. 



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VeronicaTex
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:29 PM

That is encouraging to me that you know he can do it and have seen it!!! :)

I am wondering if you could get some graph paper that is close to the size of the letters that he is expected to print,  would that be helpful in keeping lines straight and the humps and circle-type parts of letters more "healthy looking"?  You can use empty blocks to space the words.

Of course there are books that you can find in bookstores that will help with the printing process.

Good luck to you!!!!

Veronica


bramamber
by Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Request that the school's OT evaluate. Sounds like my son's handwriting 2 years ago. It has approved so much with OT.
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melisawoosley
by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM
Practice practice practice. And cursive was easier for me and im currently teaching my 7 year old :)
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mjande4
by Platinum Member on Oct. 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Is he a lefty or righty?

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