One thing I remember so clearly about being in primary school was learning to write. I remember those worksheets where you had to trace the letters with your pencil and then copy yourself on the line underneath. I remember doing those over and over again for hours but I like to think that I have quite nice handwriting. I’m the one who writes the birthday and Christmas cards because I’m always telling my husband he has horrible man writing. I don’t actually think that’s a thing but my handwriting is definitely neater.
Erin will be starting nursery in January and while she may only be nearly 2, she loves to hold and use crayons and pencils. Erin already tries really hard to colour in the lines and she understand what letters and numbers are really well. When we sit at the dining table and do some colouring, I always try to write names out for her so that she can recognise them and be familiar with the letters. I know it won’t be too long before she starts to want to write something for herself.
Uni-ball have recently launched a campaign to help teach parents how to help their children learn to write. I think this is something so important and a campaign I’m behind 100%.
With technology playing such a large part in our every day lives, it’s not surprising that things like handwritten letters, personal thank you notes and handwritten birthday cards are becoming a thing of the past. I think it’s so important to learn things like this early on in life but some schools can be much stricter than others, putting emphasis on getting things right straight away. I know some children are so afraid of getting something wrong that they would rather not try at all.
One way of getting around this is to make learning to write fun and here are a few ideas:
- Writing in sand
- Using a white board and dry wipe markers
- Coloured chalk in the garden (if you have a patio etc.)
- Start by copying and drawing shapes before trying letters
Uni-ball have plenty of worksheets available to download and print to help you and your child so be sure to make the most of them!
To get you and your child started, Uni-ball are letting us give away some really fun pens!
*Ends 18th December. UK entrants only.
Win 2 Uni-Ball Pen Packs
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post. All opinions are our own.
12 thoughts on “The Importance Of Handwriting”
Ohhhhhh I remember those days of learning how to perfect my handwriting – my life is spent typing away these days so my and can be sluggish when writing now! My daugnter loves writing – loving this campaign, there are so many ways to help children write and love the idea of writing in the sand! Sim xx
I loved handwriting practice at school and my girls are the same, every night after school they want to practice! It’s an art I really want to hold on to!
I do remember having to work so hard on handwriting with our eldest. I have to say colouring and general drawing was far more popular with him than letters!!
Well, it is more fun!
I was surprised how early they got my twins writing in joined up writing, but it has helped them so much more now they are older
My handwriting is terrible. I hold my pens and pencils in a semi-fist. I’m hoping my children learn better handwriting.
I hope they still make a big deal of it in school
I think over the last 10 years I have lost my neat handwriting because I am always typing and rarely hand write anything but it is so important to teach kids how to hold the pencils and how to write
Mine isn’t quite as nice as it could be now
I’m such a huge believer that handwriting is peoples personality. A lot of schools know try to make children write a particular way which in my eyes isn’t right. My handwriting is very wide and flat and people often comment on how different it is!
My eldest is just learning now how to do joined up writing;) I remember it so well