Handwriting Classes and Tutoring
Handwriting is a very complex task. Think about it: even in the early stages of learning letter formation, a child must watch and listen to the demonstration, understand and practice correct grasp of a pencil, understand spatial concepts ("draw a line down..."), be able to maintain muscle strength in core to fine muscles to maintain posture, copy the letters while remembering the strokes and maintain enough force to make a mark on the paper.... and we haven't even done anything except attempt a vertical line at this point!!
Not only is handwriting complex, it is very important. It is a form of communicating our ideas, answers, thoughts, greetings, and basically, our knowledge to people. End of Grade Tests that start in 3rd grade in North Carolina score handwritten narratives. SAT's have timed composition areas. Although legibility does not get a score, it helps if the scorers can read the composition and kids with good handwriting strokes have more efficient strokes which equals faster handwriting...a plus for timed essays.
Learning Charm's occupational therapists offer individual handwriting tutoring, and group handwriting classes (summer) for kids aged 3 to high school. We use Handwriting Without Tears almost exclusively for elementary aged curriculum but have other programs and protocols should your child need something different. We also offer individual handwriting focused tutoring for children through the high school level.
Watch how you hold that pencil
This article was posted on the New York Times on February 25th, 2010 "NOAH LASCANO, 8, had a problem: His teachers couldn’t read his handwriting. His homework became a frustrating exercise in writing once, and then, at the teacher’s request, writing again, just for legibility..." read more