Handwriting Articles

Penmanship Olympics

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Extend the olympic season by introducing bronze, silver and gold prize bags for meeting penmanship expectations. Students appear to be engaged when they can add up scores to see which bag they can pick a preferred “goodie”. Other incentive structures could be earning time with favorite activities, lunch with the teacher or a “special” job [...]

Occupational Therapy Tips for the Classroom

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Welcome back teachers!! As everyone is getting in gear to begin the new school year, I’d like to provide reminders that can be helpful for creating good habits. Students need frequent reminders in order to create those good habits for learning. At the beginning of this new school year take a moment to check posture, [...]

Flip That Pencil

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Teachers, do you have concerns about how your students are holding their pencils? Have you spent money on pencil grips that get lost? This simple method may help to encourage a better grasp of any pencil, crayon or marker. It’s a no-cost way to teach the tripod grasp. The following steps can be demonstrated with [...]

Ready for Handwriting with Young Children

Friday, November 17th, 2006

Helping with handwriting difficulties have been the most frequent request for occupational therapy services in schools. Students may not use enough pressure with their pencils. Making simple up and down strokes, circles or diagonal lines can be a challenge. Students may become very frustrated just trying to write their name. There can be many reasons [...]

The Kleenex Trick

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Often a teacher or parent has a concern about how a student holds a pencil. Very young children may use their entire hand and the arm as one unit to make marks with a pencil or crayon. The pencil or crayon may be held within the fist at first. It is common to see young [...]

Sitting Posture for Handwriting

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

The quality of handwriting can be influenced by the fit of a student’s body to their chair and desk. Slouching can be a bad habit that can develop from a poor seating system. Teachers can support proper writing posture for their students by following a few easy tips. • When students sit back in their [...]