WHAT SHOULD A CHILD AGED 8 TO 11 YEARS BE ABLE TO DO?
Does your 8 to 11 year old’s handwriting look like this sample?
By Year 6, this is what teachers are expecting to see in 8 to 11 year old handwriting…that all the handwriting skills have been mastered and your child is writing using the cursive handwriting (joined up) style.
In school, handwriting practice will vary from 30 minutes a week to Zero (Eek!)
In school, your child will be showing their academic knowledge by writing stories, non-fiction writing, poetry, and plays. These stories should have good spelling and punctuation. Topics they will study include World War II, time zones around the world, Remembrance Day, space and solar systems.
Often in Years 4 and 5 any handwriting practice is linked with a weekly spelling test, taking approximately 30 minutes per week for both handwriting and spellings to be completed. By Year 6, no time is usually set aside for handwriting practice within the school day.
This is what they should be doing by now
8 to 11 year old handwriting is all about speed!
Between the ages of 8 to 11 years, a child should have developed and mastered all essential handwriting skills.
They no longer need to concentrate on how to write but should be thinking about what they are writing. Now is the time that a child is developing what is called muscle memory.
Muscle memory is when the brain needs to remember the hand movements your child makes to write specific letters and words without looking at them being formed. Only when this occurs can your child increase the speed of their handwriting.
Muscle memory is acquired by repeated handwriting practice. Unfortunately, there is no other way.