Hey Mommies! If you have a child who is interested in writing letters, or if it’s time to start name writing in preparation for school, here are 2 really BIG tips for teaching handwriting.
1. Teach your child to write letters top down
2. Teach your child how to correctly form letters
Please see the video below for more info and examples.
Part of my job as an OT is to help children with handwriting difficulties. The 2 biggest issues I see with handwriting are bottom up writing and letter “building”. Children build their letters instead of writing with correct letter formation.
Often, children have not actually been taught how to write, so they end up figuring it out on their own and doing the best they can. This results in poor writing skills, sloppiness, and often frustration by the child, parents, and teachers. Once a child gets in the habit of writing letters one way, it’s very difficult to break those habits and teach them the correct way.
So, PLEASE, use these tips for teaching handwriting with your child to prevent future frustrations and difficulties!
If your child is already writing and you have concerns with sloppiness or legibility, check and see if they are doing bottom up writing or letter building. If they are, working to change these patterns can help improve writing.
Emily Bettis, MOT/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and mother. She has been working with children birth-5 since 2008 and has been a mother since 2013. Emily is the founder and author HeyMommies.com