Beautiful handwriting is incredible, isn’t it? There is no doubt that writing by hand requires more complex movement than tapping keys on a computer keyboard, but it has been shown to improve learning, creativity and memory.
Many people argue that in this age, handwriting is not required since we almost always communicate written language using computer devices. They believe that class time should not be wasted teaching what is not needed.
However, that is a narrow definition of “need.” Writing by hand does more than just create a grocery list. It helps define your fine muscular control and the vital connection between your hand and your brain. I consider this to be a powerful argument for anyone wanting to write by hand.
If you want to improve your handwriting from an illegible squiggle but haven’t got around to doing it, why not start now!
To fix your handwriting you will need a few things:
You can choose whichever shape you see works best for you. The pencil gripper will help you maintain a good hold your pencil.
College ruled or Narrow-ruled loose leaf paper.
You might wonder how such a narrow ruled space can help someone with poor handwriting. Narrow ruled spaces force an adult or older kid to reduce the size of their letters. The smaller they are, the less messy your handwriting is likely to get.
When writing, make sure you skip lines. This will make it easier for you to focus on writing in neat letters without worrying about crowding them.
A Slant Board.
A slanted writing surface will tilt up your wrist, which will promote finger movement.
After you have acquired all these items, you can begin practicing the following handwriting drills
Draw Parallel lines
One of the major causes of bad handwriting is tilting letters in every which way. Fill a page with short parallel lines and focus on keeping them straight, parallel and the same length. At first, some will be straight, and some may lunge forward while others tilt backward. Do not give up, though. With constant daily practice, you will finally be able to keep the strokes straight and parallel to each other.
Draw Horizontal Lines
After filling a couple of pages with parallel lines, move to drawing horizontal ones. Try to fit three or four horizontal lines on each paper line while focusing on keeping them parallel to each other and the same length. This exercise will help you learn how to maintain control of your pen while writing.
This practice may seem easy, but it is more complicated than it looks. What you want to do is create little clouds. Try to make draw each set of clouds within a line of a college-ruled paper. Drawing little clouds will help you form fine curved letters and keep them the same height as other letters.
These three basic letters are just to start you off on the path to good handwriting. Once you practice them regularly, you can move on to more complex exercises. Practice these drills whenever you have a minute to spare, and you will notice a change in your handwriting.
If you do not see much or any change in your writing after doing these drills for a while, you will need to do some exercises to improve your fine motor skills. Some of these exercises include;
- Look for an old newspaper and separate it into individual sheets. Try and crumple each sheet with the use of one hand only. This exercise might leave some ink on your fingers, but in the end, it will be worth it!
- Get a piece of molding clay or plasticine. Using just your writing hand, break it into small pieces that are of the same size. Then, with the use of the thumb, middle finger, and pointer finger, proceed to make a triangle. You can also use the same fingers to roll each piece of clay into small equal balls
- Get a tennis ball. Starting on the floor just next to your foot, roll the ball up your leg until you reach your foot. Repeat this drill about four to five times.
Once you’ve gotten the hang of these exercises, get your notebook and repeat drawing the lines and clouds.