We have went over and over proper letter form and the importance of taking our time and making it look nice. it still looks like a pencil exploded on the paper.
I realize this is the generation of electronics and some people do not even find handwriting very important. I find it very important. I am trying to find the happy balance of enough practice but not expecting too much.
This Summer I am launching project...'Write well enough so that people can read it!'
Anyone else dealing with this?
My almost 9 yr old son's handwriting isn't that great either, but his older sister's handwriting is super poor. However, I have very poor handwriting, as well. In fact, I have a really hard time completing written assignments myself.
As a previous poster put it.. "it looks like a pencil exploded on the paper." When my paper gets this messy, I lose focus and can't stop seeing the mistakes and such. I always end up rewriting, rewriting, etc... and then finally cannot finish the task.
However, I have issues that prevent me from finishing tasks and staying the course anyway. I have some problems I've been discussing with my doctor. I have a problem with my hearing, coordination, focus, etc... My brain changes subjects on me faster than you can say... "squirrel."
So, maybe my horrid handwriting is linked to severe ADD or some other disorder. I know that the inability to write or finish a task can be a symptom of irregularities.
Then again, my kids might have terrible handwriting simply because I do and haven't taught it well.
If he loves to draw, what about having him create comics? My soon just turned 7 two weeks ago, and thus year he discovered comics. He's been drawing comics for his favorite things (Thomas the train, Angry Birds, Star Wars etc...). The writing done during the comics had been amazing, and his precision while drawing has carried over to what its otherwise very sloppy and hardly legible.
Thanks for the raminder Blue. :) It is just frustrating because he can draw like you wouldn't believe.
Actually boys are just slower at developing the fine motor skills. Often by the time they DO gain the ability to write legibly, they have been beat down by the system so much that they no longer think they CAN and they don't really care to anymore.
My boys do not write legibly, I never mention it to them. I am just waiting until they improve. (my oldest is almost 8) They are finally starting to get there. I can usually read Zave's at this point.