I think I am going to cheat today and link up a post I wrote earlier in the year. Jack is my eldest baby and he was born at the end of August his first year (and the others too) was spent catching up his handwriting to be on par with his peers. Jack is left handed and doesn’t have the muscle dexterity in his wrists that the older children have. His writing over the years has improved and his reading is great! He excels in Maths and his understanding of English is great. He just can’t write it down on paper.
Who needs writing anyways?
I remember one year I spoke to his teacher and I was at a loss. Jack was becoming increasingly difficult to encourage when it came to completing homework and it soon turned into a battle. I hated telling him what to do, but at the same time the work was easy and something he could do. He just didn’t want too and I think a part of it, is because of his handwriting. I spoke to his class teacher and she said about letting him type his homework up on the laptop. How was this going to help him write? I really struggled to get anywhere with it. Thankfully a couple of great teachers since and he has blossomed.
Encouraging fine motor skills
During my many hours of looking up left-handed people and studying their handwriting styles, I realised I needed to go back to basics. I spoke to at a baby show who was promoting their private day nursery. On one of her banners there was an advertisement for how they encouraged early writing skills through play, so of course, I had to ask how? I explained my little predicament, Jack was 6, not 2 and he was at school. She mentioned to me to encourage him the use of playdough. Something that is really malleable that can be manipulated into anything. It helped to increase movement in his writes making the muscles a little looser so therefore easier to write. It made sense to me, so that’s what we did. We went back to basics and played with dough!