Don’t Forget the Feet

We’ve talked about using both hands during handwriting, but what about the feet? Can they just take a break while your child does handwriting practice at the table?

Handwriting time is no time for your child’s feet to take a load off. Rather, their position is essential to the overall body position needed for good handwriting. Feet should be on the floor directly in front of the chair in which your child sits. If the chair is too high, place a couple of phone books (or any large books) under the feet, so your child’s knees bend at a 90-degree angle while seated.

Lazy posture such as sitting with one foot under their bottom or leaning a shoulder on the table will result in poor handwriting. So encourage your child to dream big, but keep their feet on the ground.

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