Monday, February 9, 2009

would love to hear from moms whose sons have bad handwriting

I'm thinking about writing a story (I"m still a freelance journalist for various national publications) about handwriting, bad handwriting, what it means to kids and in particular, boys. Anyone out there care to share their story? We can start off the record but what I'm looking for are folks whose names I can use. (as always.)
you can email me through this site.



Blogger Kent said...


You asked for moms to comment but I'm a dad. Hope that's O.K.

Your book, "The Trouble with..." arrived today. It was recommended to my wife by one of her best friends who is trying to get a handle on her Sunday School classes. I may give it to her after I am finished! Here's why..

I've made it my specialty to assist boy writers in my current role as an Educational Technology Teacher for 46 elementary schools here on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Canada just across the lake from Rochester, N.Y.

Most of the boys I work with in schools are struggling writers. Most have handwriting that is less than desirable. We've been using technology: laptops, voice and video recording software, etc., to encourage, support and engage boy writers.

I have a personal story too, but I hesitate to write it in this blog post just now. It is a good one and relates to your original question you posted about handwriting.

Perhaps we could discuss this further via e-mail. Thank you.

February 11, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

My oldest, a boy, is in first grade. He recently told me, with tears, that his teacher is always correcting his pencil grip. He showed me how he holds it and it looked normal. He then showed me what she wanted and he said it was uncomfortable. After all the emotional immaturity issues we have had with him, and the psychologist visits, this is not something I thought would be an issue! He is a smart boy for almost 7, he just hasn't balanced out yet. I told his teacher about his complaint and she sent me a handout on proper grip that will help him write neater, smaller, and not wear down his pencil...1st grade sure has changed. I am just happy he can read and write! And it is getting better every month. I didn't think pencil grip was even an issue. What 6 year old boy likes to write anyways? He just wants to get it done, and when he is upset, it shows thru his writing. If you need any more info, let me know.

February 11, 2009 at 6:18 PM  

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