There is a lot of support online for children who are struggling with handwriting. It could be that teachers would wish to send some of these links home with a child who finds handwriting difficult, or they could simply print out some worksheets for homework. Having these resources available could also prove to be a useful guide for parents who want to help!
TeachHandwritingUK – This site is for teachers helping children to improve their writing. It covers everything from: sitting position, holding the pencil, pattern making and the different stages in learning to write. There is also a set of games and activities to support the teaching of writing and many other writing resources including coloured, lined paper and practice sheets. There are also numerous practice sheets for handwriting skills and all are freely available here!
KidsHealth – This site addresses the pencil hold, lines, speed and pressure – anything but the actual letters! This is a good site to send home to parents who are willing to help.
Activity Village – Provides a set of writing practice sheets based around holidays and festivals so there are sheets for Halloween, bonfire Night, Diwali, Christmas and so on. Here, a nice seasonal activity can be obtained if needed for homework.
AttitudeMag – This is a really useful site which focuses on helping if you have children with ADHD – supporting them and their parents. It gives parents a lot of writing ideas to put into practice, such as acting as a scribe at times, strengthening finger muscles and loads more.
Kidszone – Offers a whole set of cursive handwriting sheets for the older child. If you want to start by writing the child’s name or address then Kidzone offers the availability of making tracer pages that you need for your child. The child’s practise can also be personalised (which may just be the spur they need) by using their own name, their friends, family, pets, school name etc. All would be useful practice but may mean far more to the learners than the straight and curved line patterns they may otherwise be offered. I could also see this being really useful for dyslexic children.