To support with handwriting practice at home, please see the image below with the letter formation that we teach. I have also attached the handwriting sheets that we use in school. We tend to use the sheet with the code HW4, however some children may feel more comfortable using the other sheets in the pack.
We all know that it can sometimes be difficult to encourage handwriting practice but here are some things parents/carers could do with children to incorporate handwriting into daily activities:
1. Shopping Lists
This is a great task that can be adapted depending on the age of your child. Younger children could draw the items, older children can write down the names or just add one or two items if they can’t manage the whole list.
2. To-do lists
Ask your child to write down a daily “to do” list. This could include making breakfast, what they are going to do for daily learning and evening routines. This promotes independence and also makes them think about their own tasks. You could get them to write down all the things they have to do in the morning before they begin their school work and include pictures. For example get dressed, brush my teeth, have breakfast etc. They can then put this in their bedroom as a reminder!
Ask your child to write a postcard to a friend and encourage them to write about something they have learnt over the past few weeks. Younger children who haven't yet learnt letter formation can draw pictures instead, this will still help them develop the fine motor skills needed for writing.
Over the next couple of weeks, ask your child to create a journal or scrap book where they record their activities. They could take/draw pictures, and stick them in their journal while adding notes. It may be too much to write every day, depending on your child's age, but they could do it at the end of the week and write about the best things that happened.
5. Book or film review
Have a look at book or film reviews online and suggest your child writes one of their own. Ask them to describe what the book or film was about, what they particularly liked about it and what they didn't like. Finally ask them to score the book or film out of 5.
6. Letters to the past.
Why not get involved yourself? Write a short note to your child and encourage them to write back. It's also a good idea to keep the same note going back and forth, folding each time so that they have to open the message for added excitement.
7. Best ever menu
Ask your child to write down a menu of all their favourite foods. What would be their dream lunch or dinner? Encourage them to write it down and decorate their menu. Alternatively, they could write a menu with what they are having for lunch or dinner that day.
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