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The easy no fuss way (that sometimes we forget), is to not stress ourselves or our child about their hand writing. Just give them time to practice it more.
At the end of Prep, we got called in for a parent interview. "Just thought you should know, I feel your son is struggling with hand writing."
We looked at what our son had written. He wrote two sentences using big words.
Afterwards we left and my husband said, "you know what, I looked at his writing and I thought it was really good."
I thought it was good to, considering he couldn't even write his name at the beginning of school.
However, I didn't ignore the advice. Instead, we practiced. He wrote every body Christmas cards and I did check the other kids Christmas cards, again similar writing then his.
Yet, we practiced, not too much but at least once or twice a week for about ten to twenty minutes and we stopped whenever he got tired from it.
When we practiced, I kept it light. I didn't stress him out about complaining how he wasn't good enough. No. I encouraged. I showed him where to improve the letters he needed and I congratulated on what letters were already great.
We went through the entire alphabet and I could see what letters needed practicing and what needed practicing using the lines. Using lines are a lot easier than not.
So when he started grade one and we had his first parent teacher interview, the question I asked was, "How was his handwriting?" The response: "He is doing really good with his handwriting."
So when my friend came to me in a panic because her daughter started in a new school and her teacher was saying how bad her handwriting was. Her daughter was very upset. I told her to sit down with her daughter. Show her love and support as you both do it together to rebuild her confidence.
Stress in children from school work should never be accepted at any level. So it's important that as parents we take their stress, do the activity with them and show them the improvement they are achieving. Because nobody can be great after one try, we need time to practice and over time, we will be great.
So if you're worried about something your child maybe behind in, instead of stressing yourself or your child, break it down into steps and practice.
A learning environment should be fun and supportive, giving the learner lots of time to practice. You have this great opportunity to be a one-on-one teacher for your child. Make it memorable.