I've got my 2 oldest sending emails to family in order to practice reading and "writing". But their handwriting is seriously lacking. Problem is, I can't think of a way to make them practice handwriting that doesn't involve sitting down with worksheets and copying letters. And I can tell you from experience that that will happen for one day and then I will get frustration and protestation. Yes, they could write actual letters to family, but that would become boring in about a day, too.
What other ways can I encourage writing, being that I don't EVER write anything by hand myself anymore?
quick question, are you children practising cursive writing or printing?
either way you can do "sugar or sand printing" take a saucer or a flat plate fill it with sugar and have them make letters words or what ever in the sugar/sand. they can use their finger or a pencil.
air printing and writing is also the same idea.
allowing them to print /write with shaving cream on the mirror of the bathroom
though as you can imagine this is stinky and messy.
one of my children would use the can another used his finger.
writing secret messages on the mirror and taking a shower was also another fun one.
my daughter thought that lipstick printing was a lot of fun, i on the otehr hand was not a fan.
if they are printing, you can purchase or make wiki sticks which is essentially yarn dipped in wax to make them bendable but hold a position, then they can position the pieces to form letters.
you can do the same thing with sticks from a walk etc.
in these cases you can emphasize proper letter formation versus hand control.
my middle son liked to write out team rosters for hockey and soccer in cursive if he had to do it.
to assist in reading cursive writing i would have him take the rosters with the printed names and find them in cursive.he could just point them out if he wasnt' interested in a pen/paper task.