Every year I have at least 1 or 2 students with really poor handwriting. You know, the students that like to write ONEREALLYLONGWORDWITHOUTANYSPACESINBETWEENANDINALLCAPS!
How about the students whose letters always seem to float off the paper like balloons? Or those that can’t even read their own writing, but expect YOU to understand it!
Well after years of struggling to read some of my students’ writing, I’ve come up with a few tips and strategies that have been pretty helpful. I’m sharing today in the hopes that they might help you as well!
Let me begin by saying that I understand that we live in a digital world where most of what we write takes place on some form of a digital device… However, I also believe that it’s important for every child to be able to communicate effectively the old fashioned way… with a pen or pencil. So here’s how to help those poor babies whose writing might look somewhat like this…
I like to use graph paper or grid paper those kiddos that have difficulty with letter sizing. Print out a few copies of this 1 cm graph paper to have handy whenever needed. Then have the child practice copying the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” (This sentence uses all of the letters of the alphabet.) Only one letter can go inside each box and the letters must also stay inside of each box. This activity helps work on keeping letters uniform or the same size.
Use small stickers or stamps for students that like to squish their words together. To help them remember to leave space between words, ask them to place a sticker or stamp between every word.
Students love using stickers and stamps so this trick helps them remember to space correctly! As long as you don’t mind a few stickers on your kid’s work you should be fine. This trick has been a real winner with my kiddos! They love using stickers so much, that they WANT to space their words so that they can use them.