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Son is 9 going into 4th and his penmanship has always been lacking. DH has horrible writing too so he thinks it's kind of funny that it's rubbed off on our son.

He goes back to school in mid July and will have the same teacher from 1st grader. I compared a writing sample from 1st and 3rd and they really look identical, not much improvement.

I am feeling guilty because I didn't push him as hard as other parents in that area sooner. I've managed to incorporate some games that involve writing and drawing without him realizing my motives but I would like something independent he can do.

Short of workbooks, I am at a loss. With his little brother starting K I know he wants to be a good example so he's helping him with identifying letter. I as thinking of waldorf and how they draw the letters and a pictures, maybe they can start that together. He's learned cursive and is surprisingly better at that than printing.

Any recommendations or thoughts?
 

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Well, learning to knit is supposed to help with handwriting. Makes sense as it involves complex hand movements and eye-hand coordination. Plus it is fun. Lots of boys enjoy knitting, too. My very masculine grandson loves knitting and is very good at it.

Drawing letters as pictures and then gradually moving into the actual letters is a first grade activity, so it would need to be reworked a bit to be fun for someone older.

Here is some stuff on form drawing as done in first grade https://www.pinterest.com/waldorfhannah/1-form-drawing/

There is a book available on teaching form drawing in the first four grades. This particular site is in Australia, but you can probably track it down closer to home--if you aren't in Australia. http://www.rudolfsteinerbookcentre....sb=1&searchby=author&keyword=SCHUBERTH,+ERNST
 
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