Handwriting skills are an important developmental task and activity for kids. Through handwriting they are able to express themselves and communicate with the world around them. Improving their penmanship, legibility, pencil grasp, and working on problem areas are all important things that need addressed, whether you are a parent, teacher, therapist, or just supplementing your child’s classroom activities.
The first step in learning about handwriting skills is to understand the importance of fine motor development and how pencil grasp develops.
Pencil grasp development: There are two types of pencil grasps that are considered efficient for handwriting; the tripod and the quadruped grasp. Proper Pencil Grasp for Writing – Comes with a step by step developmental sequence and explanation as well as pictures of each type of grasp.
Pre-writing skills for toddlers, pre-schoolers: Pre-writing skills are the pre-cursor to handwriting. They consist of an age appropriate sequence of lines and shapes that toddlers and pre-schoolers learn in order to later on form letters and numbers.
Teaching cursive handwriting: Cursive can be a great alternative for children who are struggling with print. It is important to at least teach your child how to sign their name in cursive.