I have a lefty 11 ds who has messy printing and slightly less messy cursive. I try to spend a short time daily with him, focusing on letter formation. MFW's review of the letters at the beginning of the year have gotten us into good habits in that area. He also has learned to type on the computer as I think this will be his best bet in later years for schooling.TracyLee01026 wrote:Hello ladies! My 9 yo dd has very messy writing. I have tried to figure out why. She use to have an unusual grip on her pencil, but we corrected that, but her writing didn't improve much. She doesn't seem to apply even pressure when writing a word. She may start out okay, but end sloppily.
She also reverses many letters. We tried Handwriting Without Tears in kindergarten, but it didn't seem to help much. I have tried to make her slow down and concentrate on writing with the same pressure throughout, but this is very tedious and seems to be difficult. Now she just cries when I bring it up. Does anyone have any advice on what to try with her to improve her writing and correct reversals?
Also, I have delayed teaching her cursive (even though she wants to learn) until she prints neatly. Maybe I should just move on to cursive? I wonder if writing in cursive will help her to keep the even pressure and maybe moving on to cursive will help her feel better about her writing. Any thoughts? Blessings,
He continues to improve slowly. I try to keep the tone light as he does try and I don't want to frustrate his efforts.