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How can I help my child develop good handwriting and spelling skills?

It’s easy to develop good handwriting habits early on but it’s considerably harder to correct poor handwriting later on. This also goes for spelling. You should help your child to view spelling and writing skills as something fun, important and to be proud of by:
  • Help younger children by writing words and sentences that they can copy
  • Emphasise the relationship between writing and drawing
  • Encourage your child to be inspired by beautiful handwriting, look at examples in museums and galleries.
  • Helpi your older child to develop both their writing and social skills by writing to friends they have met on holiday or by finding a pen pal. 
It doesn't matter what you child writes it only matters that they get as much practice as possible. 

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