Handwriting is a learned motor activity. As with any motor skill
children differ at the speed that they acquire it. Before a child
is ready to begin formal writing there are many activities,
which can be done both at home and school, to develop fine
Tearing, cutting, folding and sticking paper.
Finger rhymes and play.
Play dough and plasticene.
Writing and drawing in sand.
Using construction toys.
Doing jigsaw puzzles.
Sewing and lacing.
Cooking – chopping, rolling, pouring, measuring etc.
Dressing and undressing.
Unpacking the shopping
Helping your child with handwriting
Lower Case Letter Formation - the dot indicates where the letter begins
Upper Case Letters - only use upper case letters to begin a sentence or for a proper noun.
The Five Joins – Your son/daughter’s teacher will inform you when joined or cursive writing
is being introduced.
Stage 1: Baseline to top of small letter and down, e.g.
Stage 2: Baseline to top of ascender and straight down, e.g.
Stage 3: Baseline to top of small letter and back round, e.g.
Stage 4: Top of small letter to top of ascender, e.g.
Stage 5: Horizontal join, e.g.
The Break Letters
Letters that end with a leftward movement do not join they are b g j p s y also the letter
q does not join. Capital letters do not join.
We also stress the 3 P’s Posture How am I sitting?
Pencil Is my pencil hold correct?
Position Is my paper in the correct position??