Who: Children in 3rd grade and higher who struggle to write legibly, but have age-appropriate vision, fine motor, and grasping skills.
What: 5 sessions of about 30 minutes each that focus on skills related to legibility of handwriting. We often tell children to “do your best work.” “slow down and write neatly,” or “I can’t read your work, please correct it.” However, many children simply do not know the difference between messy and neat handwriting or know how to correct their work to meet adult standards. These 5 sessions are designed to help children understand what legibility means and techniques that can be immediately used to improve performance. (***Note*** It is not designed to remediate moderate to severe handwriting issues. In these situations, it is recommended you consult with an occupational therapist for a full assessment.)
Who can use these worksheets: This program is designed to be used by parent, teachers, and other caregivers as general program for children with mild handwriting issues. It is not meant to replace skilled occupational therapy services, please consult with a pediatric occupational therapist for further guidance if needed.
1. What is legibility
2. Line use
3. Spacing matters
4. Size its Critical
5. Quality Control
Each session starts with introducing the key concept of the week. Lessons are designed to work first on recognizing errors, then on correcting the errors, and lastly on producing a student’s own work without errors. Lessons build on each other and need to be done in order.
The basic set contains 1 version of each lessons/worksheet. The basic set could be done in 5 sessions of about 30 minutes.
(If you want more- check out the full set which includes up to 3 sets of examples and assignments at each level to allow for greater practice and generalization of skills learned. The full set would likely take 12-15 sessions to fully complete depending on each student’s needs.)