Penmanship is the art of writing by hand using a writing instrument.

As a teacher, I get requests from my students and their parents as to how to improve their
penmanship or handwriting. This always takes my memory back to my school days when I too
once craved to find a solution for the same problem. Over the years, I have learnt and seen my
students actually master this art.

Learning to write requires so much more than the ability to hold a pencil and form letters
properly. It requires fine motor control, visual coordination, strength in the core muscles, well
developed hand muscles, and the attention span to focus for a period of time.

A few tips for improving handwriting are:
1) Holding your pencil or pen correctly.
2) Simple act of squishing clay to create something, helps to build the small muscles in a
child’s hands. By building those muscles, over time children will be able to write for
longer periods of time.
3) The Dynamic Tripod Grip is a method where their thumb should be bent, middle and
forefinger should be on the top, and the pencil should be going through the cheerio or
donut that is made by putting fingers together in this way. Depending on the needs of the
4) Painting, coloring, drawing, cutting with scissors, beading and lacing are all fun activities
that will help your child to develop the fine motor control needed to use a pencil while
5) Practice critically. You will make mistakes at the beginning but if you do not correct
them on time, your muscles will memorize them and your handwriting will not improve
as much as it could.

Any skill improves with continuous practice. Learning proper handwriting helps develop eyehand
coordination that will actually enhance many things. Children, students, teachers, parents
feel happy, confident and inspired by good handwriting skills. Good handwriting is the platform
for achievement in the workplace and self-assurance. It will remain the key to progress and
success in life.


Deepthi Rai
PRT – Maths
Indira National School

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