Exercises to Improve Handwriting Skills &
The Handwriting Without Tears Program
The following activities will to help your child
develop the precision, balance, and hand-eye coordination that are
needed to perform the fine-motor skills used in handwriting:
- Help your child learn to manage such everyday skills as
tying and lacing shoes, buttoning clothes or zippering jackets.
your child play with clay or play-dough to
strengthen the major muscles used in handwriting.
- Encourage play with Lego's, miniature cars, small
blocks, action figures, and other small toys.
- Do puzzles
- Provide creative artwork that involves using
stubby crayons, scissors, and finger paints, as well as tearing
paper and using a hand held hole puncher..
games with your child that involve the handling of
cards and small game pieces.
- Have your children sort collections of
small objects such as different types of shells or sort coins into stacks of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
Remember, every child has a different timetable in acquiring the
fine-motor skills needed for handwriting. The more your child uses
his or her fingers in activities, the sooner they will acquire
I found this
website article to be very helpful:
Seven Ways to Help with Handwriting
This year we are adopting a new handwriting program called
Handwriting without Tears program, developed by Jan Z. Olsen,
OTR, a handwriting specialist with more than 25 years of
experience helping children learn to write. This curriculum
emphasizes top-to-bottom letter formation. The strategies used
in the program make handwriting successful and fun. Students are
excited with their abilities and the work they produce.
teaches children of all skill levels. The goal of this program
is for handwriting to become a natural, automatic skill for
children. Children learn to write in developmental stages:
- Pre-Writing Readiness.
- Printing capital letters
- Printing lowercase letters.
- Cursive handwriting.
teaching tips and creative workbooks in the HWT program
eliminate problems with letter formation, reversals, neatness,
sentence spacing, and cursive letter connections. The style
taught in HWT is a simple, vertical style that makes handwriting
easy for children to master. By using HWT children learn the
mechanics of handwriting and they can write with ease and
confidence. When the process of writing is easy, children are
able to finish their work, give complete answers, and express
what they are thinking.
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