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Handwriting for kids puts gives you the top suggestions recommended by members of my homeschooling exam forum and my Courageous Homeschooling facebook fans.
Please note, all kids are different so what suits one won't suit another!
Also, there is increasing evidence that fine motor skills are something which develop naturally over time.
Try not to force things!
And there are lots of different ways to learn - it's just about finding the way that suits your child best.
Teaching kids handwriting can be a minefield! So I was delighted when Ange let me share her tips as a homeschool Mom.
Ange has written the best, clearest and most helpful guide to how to teach handwriting I have seen.
Hard site to navigate but strongly recommended for its free e-book on teaching handwriting.
The author, who is Icelandic, takes you through how to teach writing, beginning with an exercise on zig-zags which can easily be turned into letter shapes.
He wants to make writing fun by using games like drawing circles and a special free exercise on hand control based on the Martians. He starts with pen skills and moves on to writing exercises.
This is his free handwriting e-book. Watch out! It's not easy to spot where it is!
You want the one called Cursive Italic News. For some reason they've made it really hard to find - look at the cover, click on it and it will take you through to a free download page.
His approach to teaching handwriting is refreshing and has been used by many homeschoolers.
So obviously some people love this! But check out the other Amazon reviews and note the warning about ads being directed at young children.
Simply Charlotte Mason has a free download of eighteen copywork selections for beginning writers.
Includes classic poetry, Scripture, and more.
Each of the eighteen poems, Bible passages, and hymns included is in a manuscript “handwritten” font on one-inch lined paper.
There is a blank line directly below each typed line for ease of copying.
Some homeschoolers have noted that French children usually have very neat handwriting!
You may like this free download from printablepaper.net which has lines 2 mm apart, with darker lines every 8 mm, and is on A4 sized paper.
It is aimed at getting children to practice consistent letter heights.
This site lets you download free handwriting practice sheets.
You can change the font, size, color and style of letter to what suits you best.
Don't forget we have our own free homeschool alphabet worksheets which lots of people use.
They are specially illustrated by my daughter to appeal to your child's love of animals.
"Great with kindergarten and first graders to prevent letter and number reversals." ~ learn4yourlife.com
These are resources you have to pay for which have been recommended by homeschoolers.
If you use my links there is no cost to you but I will receive a small commission, so thank you for using them.
N.B. Please note I have recommended a different book in the UK as Handwriting Without Tears is very expensive in the UK.
Many rave reviews.
An old book this, but then I guess teaching handwriting for kids doesn't change that much!
Recommended for children aged 8-13, whose handwriting is slow, illegible or lacking in fluency. "Whether the problems are associated with a developmental coordination disorder (such as dyspraxia), dyslexia or ADHD, or whether they are the result of poor handwriting habits acquired early on, this book will provide an effective source of help."
Well reviewed by some in the homeschooling community.
One of the very best homeschooling tips I've seen to help improve handwriting for kids is this:
If your child is really struggling, it is worth checking out the signs and symptoms of dyslexia.
"Trust your gut. It doesn’t matter what anyone says, including a school teacher (this happened to us), if your kid tells you they’re struggling, if you know in your gut that something is going on, trust yourself. Always."
~ Suzanne, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group
Some children - like my son - struggle with grasp. Allie has this really helpful suggestion:
You'll also find my Facebook fans have come to the rescue with lots of helpful suggestions and encouragement in my page on my child can't write.
And of course everyone agrees that the key to helping handwriting for kids is to make it fun!
And of course you can also join the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group where we support and encourage each other and share helpful resources.
Click on the picture to go to the page:
My son William is definitely a reluctant writer - so I know homeschooling handwriting for kids can be difficult!
Trying to relax and using the suggestions here to make writing as much fun as you can will definitely help.