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.