My son has always been a strong reader. Reading came very easily but handwriting, not so much. When he was younger ( he’s 8 now) he so badly wanted the letters he made to look like the ones in his head, and when they weren’t he’d shut down. This isn’t uncommon. It’s hard for kids to see themselves fail at something they have decided they should be able to do. When they shut down they miss opportunities to improve. Our role as parents is to find ways to get them practicing the things they are struggling with. I am not suggesting you sit them down and force them to write lines. Making a tough job tougher will only make them hate it more. We are trying to make them like it, some of these activities have a lot of writing, some just a little, but every little bit helps! Don’t forget the role fine motor skills, hand strength, and even shoulder strength plays in handwriting. Make sure your child has the opportunities to work on those if they are struggling as well.
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