Despite the fact that we live in a digital age, the art of handwriting is still a necessary skill. For example, many application forms and even job applications still require handwritten letters. It’s a skill that remains essential even in the modern world.
Of course, there are also plenty of opportunities when being able to type is essential. That’s why the best early learning centers place equal emphasis on mastering handwriting and computer skills. It’s essential that your children master handwriting and keyboard skills.
In addition, they need to be able to format a letter properly. The format is the same regardless of whether they are using handwriting or a computer. Your job is not to teach them the letter format, your child care center and the educational process will take care of this. What they help with is mastering the skills.
Fortunately, as a parent, there are several things you can do to help.
When children are in pre-school they often find it difficult to distinguish between upper and lower case characters. After all, lower case characters do tend to be curvy and more difficult to write. That’s why children generally prefer capital letters.
You can help them master the differences by giving them alphabet tracing sheets. These are designed to allow your child to trace the relevant letters. It’s a good idea to color code the upper case letters differently from the lower case. This helps children differentiate and learn.
Writing To Relatives
Practice makes perfect in almost any scenario. Your child can get plenty of practice out of school by writing to loved ones. It doesn’t matter if they live thousands of miles away or just around the corner. Your child can draw a picture and add a few words to create a message for the specific person.
This approach is fun and helps your child develop writing skills as well as their communication skills.
Play A Game
You can also play games, such as creating a story between you. Each of you says a line of the story and you have to write it down. This helps to build their imagination and improve their handwriting skills.
It’s important when they are very young to focus n getting the letter shapes correct. You can deal with the presentation later. There is always room to improve that.
A letter is relatively straightforward to write. You simply need to know where the address and date go. It’s a good idea to show your young child a handwritten letter of your own, this will help them to remember the layout and get it right themselves.
Again, it’s the practice that really counts. It will help your child to develop the fine motor skills that are essential to good handwriting.
You can always write your own letter with several deliberate mistakes. Your child can then mark it and will be able to point out your mistakes, that’s fun for them and a learning experience.