If you are homeschooling your preschooler or kindergarten, you might be wondering how to teach handwriting. This can be intimidating, especially if you are new to homeschool. Let’s break the process down into 7 easy steps!
Strengthen the Hand Muscles
Before ever touching a pencil, your child will need to have developed enough hand strength to sustain proper grip. Some activities that will develop these muscles include:
Playing with Play Dough
Crinkle Paper into a Ball
Develop the Pincer Grasp
The pincer grasp is the grasp that uses the index finger and the thumb to pick up items. This is an important fine motor skill which is foundational in handwriting.
Peel and Stick Stickers
Cut Card Stock with Scissors
Learn the Letter Shapes
In order to write with confidence, the child needs to be familiar with the letter shapes. Acorn to Oak’s Letter Builders help teach the letter shapes by breaking them down into simple lines and curves. This Letter Building System is also part of Alphabet Forest, Acorn to Oak’s complete Early Learning Curriculum.
Write in Sand
Writing in sand helps develop confidence in the strokes of the letters, without the added frustration of holding a pencil. Tactile, sensory experiences also help the process of learning handwriting. This mouse illustration can be found in Acorn to Oak’s Barn Owl Study.
Starting with a thick, short pencil, or with Crayon Rocks, introduce tracing lines. You can find this Prewriting Pages here.
Finally, after all of these valuable baby steps, we are ready to trace letters! Acorn to Oak has plenty of resources that will help you along this journey.
Start writing letters independently. Begin in a large space. As the child becomes more comfortable, make the surface smaller. Eventually, introduce drawing on lines.