Why is Handwriting so Hard?

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For most of us, handwriting is second nature. Certainly we practiced it enough in school. And although our script might have “evolved” over the years (not always for the better), we all remember repeatedly practicing upper and lower case letters and staying between the lines. Maybe your handwriting wasn’t the best, but most likely it […]

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Handwriting and Music: The Strong Correlation

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How many of us can remember the endless and tedious penmanship exercises we had to endure learning to write cursive? We sat for hours practicing our loops, swirls, circles, etc., sometimes being allowed to use a pen, but at other times only a pencil, until we developed enough skill. If only we had been allowed […]

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Autism Awareness Month: Helping With Handwriting

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Many children struggle with handwriting and completing worksheets.  They may experience hand weakness and poor endurance.  If this sounds like your child, you may need to get creative when it comes to getting your child to put on paper what is in his mind. Here are a variety of strategies that can be changed daily […]

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The Cutting Truth: Activities to Develop Scissor Skills

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Scissor skills are an important part of every child’s early childhood development. Although most of us recognize that fact, we don’t always realize why children need scissor skills. Aside from the obvious use of scissors, there is also a relationship between scissor skills and writing, and then between writing and reading. Research shows that children […]

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7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 3

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Many educators and parents experience sloppy handwriting from their students and children. Handwriting is a complex task and cannot be “cured” overnight. Many components lead to legible handwriting and sometimes working on even one or two can make a huge improvement. 7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 1 addressed the first four components: memory of each letter, […]

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 2

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December’s article discussed 4 out of the 7 sloppy handwriting issues that many educators and parents are seeing on a daily basis. Sloppy handwriting is not something that can be “cured” overnight. Handwriting is a complex task and there are many components that lead to legible handwriting. Sometimes addressing one or two components can make […]

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 1

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There are many components that lead to legible handwriting, which can be overwhelming for many children. As parents and professionals, we need to keep the end goal in mind. Are we there to make sure that every letter is written perfectly? Actually, our goal should be to make sure that they can express themselves in […]

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4 Overlooked Prewriting Features

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Handwriting is such a complex task and our students are asked to write frequently throughout their school days. Poor handwriting is one of the leading Occupational Therapy referrals in school systems. When assessing handwriting, there are many components that come into play. It is important to realize that skills build upon each other. Each skill […]

Sloppy Handwriting: What is a Teacher To Do?! 5 Guidelines To Follow

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Even in the age of technology, children are still expected to complete tasks that involve handwriting. When you attend a conference or go to a meeting, do you take notes? What are the chances that you will read those notes again? For many of us, just the act of forming the letters will help us […]

5 Ideas to Foster Writing Readiness

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Many parents and teachers are eager for young children to write. Writing, which used to be introduced in first grade, and then in kindergarten, now is often part of the preschool curriculum. As a result, many children miss out on this important time to develop foundation skills and at the same time they reinforce inefficient […]

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