Start properly: good posture

Learning to write is a complicated process. Here are some key rules to follow:



The angle of the paper

The position of the paper on the table is an essential first step, explains psycho-motor expert Philippe Kostka. Before learning to hold a writing tool properly, the child must be in the correct position in front of the sheet of paper. If the sheet is placed straight in front of the child, his or her elbow will naturally be held in a position against the chest, thus limiting the natural movement of the hand from left to right. If the paper is slightly offset, the child will have full freedom of movement, but find it harder to shape the letters and drawings accurately.



Field of vision

The field of vision is essential for good handwriting; the child must see the tip of the writing tool and the point of contact with the paper. If the child's fingers are too close to the tip, his or her writing will be less accurate. It is also essential for the child to check visually what he or she has written; this helps to memorise letters and correct mistakes along the way if necessary. With poor writing habits, the child risks developing poor back posture and muscular tiredness.