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My daughters will be going into 5th grade and Kindergarten this year and one thing I am concerned about is their ability to write correctly. I started noticing when my daughter hit about 3rd grade that her handwriting wasn’t improving. I spoke to her teacher at the time who informed me that it “wasn’t important anymore”. Uh, excuse me? I was shocked by her answer but once I learned that 75% of American students grades 4-12 were writing below grade level on a national exam it all became clear. Sadly, with advancement in technology and increased use of computers, tablets and smartphones that our children use these days I can’t say I’m too surprised.
Take BIC’S Pledge To Save Handwriting!
I’ve also taken BIC’s pledge to save handwriting, where I will continue to encourage handwriting in my home and throughout my community.
Now that you know where to sign the pledge and the cool prize BIC is giving away, check out these helpful tips below to help inspire you and your children to FIGHT FOR YOUR WRITE!
Five Tips that will Inspire Kids to Write1. Set aside specific times during the week for writing stories, songs or even jokes. Let your kids use their imaginations!
2. Have an assortment of colorful pens, pencils and markers on hand that will make kids want to spend more time writing.
3. Make writing special for kids with their own personal table, desk, or designated area. Get them excited about their own writing space!
4. Give kids a fun assignment that requires them to write. Make a birthday wish list or write a letter to someone famous.
5. Make up games around writing. Practice signing their autograph to give to mom or dad.