Handwriting is a very important skill which children learn when they are in Preschool.
The most important thing to know is that handwriting helps develop a child’s fine motor skills. When one teachers a child how to write, one of the first things they learn is how to grip the pencil and proper letter formation.
It’s also important to know that these fine motor skills will develop over time and eventually, the child will choose a dominant hand for writing themselves.
However, preschoolers can learn a lot more from handwriting as well; it also helps a child’s developmental skills. Once they learn how to hold a pencil correctly and how to move up and down the paper, inevitably children will soon learn how to write numbers and letters. During this phase they then become familiar with the alphabet and number recognition, which leads to reading and counting.
Here we can see two of our Preschoolers who are prating their handwriting skills; they are currently at the phase where they are able to identify the letters in their names, and are tracing letters on their own. They have passed the phase of hand-over-hand assistance.