In the summer to keep the kids penmanship looking good have them practice about five minutes a day. Here are three ways we sneak writing practice in:
- Have them help add items to the shopping list
- Especially if it is something they want.
- Have them keep a summer or vacation journal
- Each day have them write about something they did or something they saw.
- Write in the sand, mud or on the sidewalk
Keep the practice light and fun. Give them praise when they write the letter correctly. Positive reinforcement is a great confidence builder. The more confidence they have the better their penmanship will get. If they make a mistake, just point to the letter and tell them you know they can do better and ask them to try again.
When writing a journal entry, keep the child’s ability in mind. For a youngster one or two words are enough for older children two or three sentences.
These activities also give you a chance to spend a little time connecting with your child and seeing the world through their eyes.