concerned about my girl's handwriting

@jayoti (66)
United States
October 7, 2008 4:14pm CST
I have a six year old daughter and her writing is very bad. Sometimes unreadable. Should i try to improve her writing now at this age or should i give her some more time .
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Instead of focusing on helping her improve her handwriting, try to help her develop her fine motor skills and strengthen the muscles in her hands. This will help her improve her handwriting. Here is an article with some suggestions for improving fine motor skills. It is geared toward toddlers, but it will give you some ideas, and you could adjust the activities to meet her skill level. One idea not in the article, give her some string and some small beads to lace on it. Just be sure she is not putting the beads in her mouth. Though it is good to help her improve her fine motor skills, don't stress too much about it, and don't push her. It will get better as she has more practice and as she strengthens her hands.
• United States
8 Oct 08
Duh, forgot the link to the article... http://www.helium.com/items/308295-how-to-help-your-toddler-develop-fine-motor-skills
@jayoti (66)
• United States
9 Oct 08
yes i will surely try this and read your article too. thanks for the response.
• United States
10 Oct 08
That was a great post sillychick. I hadn't seen yours before I posted. I was surely not trying to take your words. Is helium a good place to get advice and information like that? I have not used it before. Actually that article helps me too. Like I said Mrs. Dee sat with us and explained motor skills and coordination. Thank you for your help.
• United States
10 Oct 08
She is fine. Children have no muscle strength in their fingers at all. It will take a little time. Give her exersises to do, by coloring, trying to stay in the lives, and holding the crayon properly, it will help her fine motor skills. We just had this same conversation with my sons kindergarten teacher. This was her advise to me. I hope this helps you. Just be patient. She has the rest of her life to write.
@owlwings (38690)
• Cambridge, England
9 Oct 08
At six she is only just learning about reading and writing. The most important thing is to make this learning a joyous experience and not a chore or something she becomes afraid to do lest she get it wrong. I think that in about a year you should notice that her writing improves immensely. If you are worried, why not have a word with her teacher? I think you will find that, at her age, writing problems are quite normal ... especially confusing b and d and p and q. Children of that age are just beginning to love art and drawing. Writing is connected with that (though it is very different in its purpose). The more she draws and colours, the better her hand-eye coordination will be and the easier she will find it to 'draw' letters. Encourage her with lots of paper and pencils and crayons and pictures to colour in. Making marks on paper and making those marks go where you want them to is the first step to writing.
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
9 Oct 08
don;t worry about it..she's still young. don't try to push her or something. :) my daughter is 5 and sometimes her handwriting is as big as a house :)
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
8 Oct 08
At 6 years old I would not worry about it too much. Maybe try getting her some practice workbooks to do. Make it fun and something she wants to do. I am sure with practice it will get better.
@BubblyIan (751)
7 Oct 08
Don't worry! In some countries, the children are not even taught to write until 8 as faiulre at an early age puts kids off from trying. Your child really ahs to want to write when she is ready. I deliberatelyd elayed teaching my son to write until he was at school - he knew the letters and could read - his writing was very tidy as individual letters - then the school ruined it by trying to teach him to write joined up and it became a mess - only now aged 13 is he allowed to write individual letters again and it is neat once more!
• United States
7 Oct 08
My handwriting was not that great until I was about eight, it just takes a few years, and writing is fairly new to a six year old child, just give her some time, it will eventually catch up to her, as it did for all the generations of people, I am sure you have a very intelligent child that has all the capabilities to go far with it. Don't worry so much, you will see progress as she advances through her education, you will laugh that you ever were worried about this in the future! Have a great day or night!