When I began teaching, many years ago, we had an actual block of time to teach handwriting. I wrote letters and sentences on the overhead which modeled correct letter formation. Students copied what I wrote on handwriting paper.
More and more was added to our schedule and something had to go. Handwriting was one of the first things to go. You can still teach handwriting skills by integrating it with your other lessons.
It seems like there is always a few students that need to work on proper grip. Give those students something small to hold – like the ball in the picture above – to hold. You can introduce this during your small group lesson when your students are writing.
Some students hold their pencil in the wrong place. Wrap a rubberband around a pencil to show students where to hold their pencil. You can use grippers, too. There are a variety of grippers on the market.
- The C.L.A.W. gripper helps students hold their pencil correctly.
- My former O.T. loaned me these grippers. I loved them so much, I bought my own set.
Do you need handwriting supplies? I am going to host a giveaway of the supplies above on my FB page. You can enter on my FB page – on the post with the picture above – if you would like to enter.