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How to improve your child's handwriting

A child's handwriting is important for various reasons. It is a primary means of communication that allows them to express themselves and share their thoughts and ideas with others. Writing by hand engages the brain in a way that typing or using a keyboard does not, which aids in cognitive development.

Good handwriting is essential for academic success, as it enables children to complete assignments, take notes, and take exams effectively. Handwriting is also a form of self-expression, which helps children to develop their own unique style and personality, and can boost their self-confidence. Improving a child's handwriting takes practice and patience. Here are some tips to help:

1) Start with the basics

Make sure your child knows how to hold a pencil correctly, how to form letters and numbers, and how to write words and sentences. Practise tracing letters and words, and then move on to writing them on their own.

2) Practise, practise, practise

Set aside time each day for your child to practise their handwriting. Encourage them to write in a journal, write letters to friends or family members, or copy passages from books.

3) Use the right tools

Provide your child with pencils, pens, and paper that are comfortable to use. A pencil that is too small or a pen that smears can make writing more difficult.

4) Focus on neatness

Encourage your child to take their time and focus on making their letters and words neat and legible. Start with larger writing, then gradually move to smaller writing.

5) Be positive

Praise your child's efforts and improvements, even if their handwriting is not perfect. Focus on progress, not perfection.

6) Seek professional help

If your child is struggling with handwriting despite your best efforts, consider seeking the help of a professional. An occupational therapist or a tutor can provide specialised guidance and support to improve your child's handwriting.

Remember that developing good handwriting skills takes time and practice, but with patience and support, your child can improve their handwriting and achieve success in their academic and personal lives.

If your child needs additional help with their handwriting, contact Prepped on 01284 658777 or email


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