Parents and teachers with children
between the ages of about 8 to 11 may
face rebellion when they try to improve
handwriting. It seems that it is an age
when they just dig in their heels and
say, “No!” Solution: Wait. Soon there
is a point in time when the student will
welcome help. The wake-up call comes
to him or her with realization that grades
suffer if an essay cannot be read, or it’s
difficult to take legible notes. The writing
may be slow, so it takes too much time
and effort to put a student’s great thoughts
Handwriting instruction should hold
a solid place in your curriculum. Young
children use pencils extensively in their
schooling. They will take pride in a legible
hand that moves at age-appropriate speed.
It contributes to their self-esteem.
Communication by technology does,
or will, play a large role in the lives of
older students and adults, but there are
quick notes to oneself or others, as well
as handwritten notes of thanks, sympathy,
or congratulations, that not only are
thoughtful but also have a significant,
positive impact on the recipient. Accept
the challenge of teaching your students to
develop excellent handwriting skills, and
enjoy the lifelong rewards of those efforts.
Nan Jay Barchowsky is a handwriting
specialist. She has worked as an instructor,
consultant, and tutor for thirty-five years.
Her italic based program was developed
within elementary classrooms. Nan’s
company has published handwriting
materials for all ages. Please see www
. bfhhandwriting.com. Nan welcomes
comments and questions.
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