How can I help my child improve her handwriting?

My eight-year-old is struggling with her handwriting. Most of the time, it is not legible. If she has to copy what the teacher writes on the board, she doesn’t copy it correctly. We have had numerous meetings with her teacher and counselors and her school, and they are coming up with ways to help, but I don’t know what I can do as a parent that will REALLY help her. I’m worried that as she finishes 3rd grade and goes to 4th, she is going to be so far behind. Has anyone had a kid going through this and had anything that worked? Thank you!

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Has the child been tested for a learning disability? It may be time for a school psychologist to get involved.

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Has she been tested for dyslexia? Can she see the board good?

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Can she actually see the board what the teacher is writing on? Does she need glasses x

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Maybe she needs more time copying the board.

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You can get A workbook and it shows them how.

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Has she been tested for dyslexia before

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I have my daughters practice in the handwriting books with the dotted lines everyday after school after a month I saw a huge improvement and so have my daughters teachers

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Have you tried getting writing pads and having her practice her writing in those? There are also websites where you can print off writing sheets with proper form of each letter and sentence those may help too

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My sister had this problem. She is 65 now and getting along fine.

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Teachers tend to rush the kids to copy from the board.
Kids struggle to track from the board and copy onto paper.
It’s a definite learned skill!!
Can the child try other ways to get the notes from the board?
Get vision tested
Test for learning disabilities if it doesn’t improve
Try to get child to copy from something you write on a white board to see if you can determine the issue.

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I went thru this as a kid and it was cuz I was trying to go too fast. What helped me was cursive because it slowed me down and I had to think about my letters I know they don’t teach that at school but maybe at home it might help​:woman_shrugging:t2::woman_shrugging:t2:

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Occupational Therapy could be helpful. Some children struggle with hand strength. There’s also a program called Writing Without Tears. Most OT’s are familiar with it and you can find their products on Amazon. It’s very a creative approach.

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My parents made me do practice handwriting every single night with a workbook for many years. Practice practice practice. It was checked every single night. It helped

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TRY CALLIGRAPHY LESSONS ! Might inspire her to focus on ea specific part of a letter…she may be bored with regular nonsense !

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Have her tested for dyslexia

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My son at that age was struggling too. We started a writing notebook (just a standard wide-ruled notebook). We would give him a book and have him first read it and then write it, copying the paragraphs onto the notebook. A few paragraphs a day and now… he does just fine.

Sit down with her… after she is done writing… use a red pen and mark the areas where she will have to re write… including spaces between words. You have to ive consistent with it… daily.

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My son got better by writing his spelling words at home every night

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My 8 yr old son also has this problem. We are practicing at home but honestly he gets bored with the books after so long so we decided to also try having a pen pal it’s more fun for him and he looks forward to writing!

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Have you had her eyes tested? My son who is in year 3 was having the same problems I took him to get his eyes checked and they sent him to a behavioural optimists and it turned out he had a turned in eye. Only one side of his brain works at a time and when he gets to the middle his brain crosses over to the other side and for a split second he has no vision. This has made him have major tracking issues and he has been doing eye therapy for 2 years that’s helped him so such.

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