For children aged 5 to 6 years being at school and learning about handwriting is an exciting time. They will have already spent one year at school, have made a lot of friends and are keen to learn as much as possible. This is also the time when you may hear a lot of ‘why’ questions as they wish to understand more about the world around them.
Previously your child should have already developed greater pencil tracking and fine motor skills. They are now able to write without moving their whole arm and they can hold a pencil in a tripod grip.
At school, they will learn how to sit correctly at a table when doing writing or drawing activities. This is an essential skill. One key factor is making sure that they can touch their feet flat on the floor. Without this occurring, they may feel unstable and struggle to control their pencil strokes. In class, they are learning how to form alphabet letters and write number 0 to 9. Occasionally at this age, there are some letter and number reversals. The most common ones are the number 3 and the letter R. As a parent of a child aged 5 to 6 years you should not be too concerned about this.
Handwriting practice should be…
Ensuring they can write the letters of the alphabet clearly. At school children will be asked to start sequencing sentences to form short stories. They will be expected to begin to use capital letters, full stops, explanation marks and question marks within their work.
What can you do to help?
Between the ages of 5 to 6 years, the school curriculum teaches your child about plants, the seasons, the names of body parts and different animals. This is a time for children to develop the meaning to the handwriting patterns and letter strokes that they have previously learned when writing in their topic books. Using handwriting worksheets that link into the school curriculum will help a child understand how handwriting can be used in everyday life.
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