There are plenty of ways to help your children practice their handwriting skills. One way that I have found to be most effective is by writing letters to a pen pal. With children it is very important to make sure that you know who their pen pals are. To get started you can make a pen pal list for your children. On the list you can include grandparents and even their friends who they may not see on a daily basis. In our family, we find that grandparents or other family members are the best pen pals. They truly enjoy getting letters from their young family members. If you know of some family friends who are in senior homes,you can have one of them be your child’s pen pal. They will truly enjoy and look forward to the letters.
You can do this every two weeks or once a month. At first you will need to sit down with your child and help them to put their ideas down onto paper. Try not to be too strict on what they say. It is there letter so allow them to write what they want. You are only there to hlep them with spelling, and puncuation. After they have written their letter you can proof read it and show them what areas they need to fix. You can fix any words that are misspelled and show them how to spell the words properly. This can be called the rough draft. They will then need to write the letter over making all the proper corrections. You should sit with them during this process so that they will not have to write it all over a third time.
You don’t need to stress so much about getting it perfect. The idea is for their handwriting to gradually improve as they continue to write their pen pal. It is also a lot of fun for the kids. Most family members especially grandparents will enjoy writing their grandchildren a letter back. This will give them something to look forward too, and will give them the opportunity to practice their reading skills. You will quickly see that they will want to sit and write their letter without you even remind them. You will also gradually begin to see their handwriting improve.
For some kids it may be better for them to write their letter in small intervals. Instead of sitting and writing a letter in one shot, you can have them sit and write a few sentences at a time. This will help to keep the stress low and the pen pal project will continue to be fun and not a burden. Remember that you want your child to improve in their handwriting skills, and spelling ability, but you cant expect it to happen over night.