What should a teenager aged 11+ years be able to do?

What should a teenager aged 11+ years be able to do?

Does your 11+ year old’s handwriting look like this sample?

By Year 7, teachers are not expecting to be spending time improving your child’s handwriting.

In school, handwriting practice is ZERO!

In school, your child’s learning will have stepped up a gear. They will be seeing a variety of subject specific teachers, all of whom will have their own expectations about your child’s handwriting.

Often at this age teachers may comment about poor letter legibility and a child being a slow writer. You can improve 11 year old handwriting (and teenager handwriting) by following my advice below.

11 year old handwriting sample

This is what they should be doing by now

11+ year old handwriting should be an automatic process

From the age of 11+ years, your 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. Often they forget to write using the cursive (joined up) style and revert to printed writing.

It is possible to improve 11 year old handwriting, however, progress is likely to take longer. That is partly due to the need of banishing bad habits and as we all get older the brain is slower to adapt to learning new muscle movements. A new habit takes 66 days to become established and this is a realistic timescale for a teenager to learn new handwriting skills.

Handwriting skills by now

  • Write Fast. Writes at the same speed or faster than their friends.
  • Use Correct Muscle Pressure. The pencil marks are neither too light or too dark.
  • Have Neat Handwriting. All letters and words are easy to read.
  • Finds Handwriting Easy. Finds this an easy method to communicate ideas.
  • All Letters Formed Correctly. Without any reversals or change in direction.
  • Apply Grammar Rules. Using capital letters and full stops.
  • Write Using Cursive Handwriting (joined up). Write words without taking the pen off the paper.
  • Use Correct Letter Size. Letters that are tall or go below the line can be clearly seen.
  • Place Spaces Between Words. Has gaps between words that are not too large or too small.
  • Sit Well. With their feet flat on the floor, bottom at the back of a chair and at a desk.
  • Holds The Paper. Using their non-dominant hand to stop the paper from moving.
  • 3 Fingered Pencil Grip (tripod grip). Writes using this grip and does not say their hand hurts when writing.
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