Handwriting, penmanship, whatever you call it, is sometimes tough
I have found that providing
consistent, guided daily handwriting practice can improve handwriting and in less time than you would think. The key, however, in my experiences is that you have to be...uh uh, possibly a homeschooler's most hated (and
When I started being consistent, the results paid off in less time than I would have imagined, masha Allah
Another key that
I have found is to not acccept inferior work in any "subject," ever even
if it has to be done over and over and over and over again.
By being consistent and only accepting legible, neat
work, I found that my children's handwriting improved greatly, masha Alllah and in just a few weeks or even less.
Here are some ideas to
go from chicken scratch to legible, neat writing, bi-ithnillah:
Copybook is very popular
with many homeschoolers. Children start off by copying letters than progressing to words, sentences, and then paragraphs.
The material came be from product labels, books they are reading from, works of literature, ahadith, the Quraan, anything really.
I branched off from these
ideas a bit and began to provide themed writing practice. I pull themes together
from my children’s interests or from Islamic themes and make up little writing practice sheets. You can find a few of
(Check back regularly as
I plan to add more insha Allah)
These pages have handwriting
practice, plus extras such as drawing, list making, reading a story, etc.
Alphabet & Word Practice
M is For Masjid
5 Daily Prayers (Names)
The Kabah is My Qiblah
We pray five times a day
Journal Activities for Older Kids
(~10 and up)
Features the copying of Quranic Ayaat, Ahadith,
and other writing activities
(Islamic and non-Islamic)
Journal Activities: April 2006
Process can be seen as five steps:
ideas and begin to compose
delete, move around
check spelling, grammar, punctuation
stuff (Final Copy)
are some resources
may aid you in teaching
probably won’t keep your "students" entertained for hours on end, but you can use this activity
to help walk your students through the writing process or if they are too big for games, you can use the writing game
cards as a writing handbook to use as they write.
The Writing Game
Cards for the Writing Game