How important is handwriting in kindergarten and/or when kids are still very young?

Kindergarten is typically the first introduction to handwriting, as it is important for children to learn to write their name and address. This is also an important year for learning to read.

As the child learns to recognize and write letters, he/she will also have increased success with sounding out letters and words.  Handwriting at this age should be seen as a learning experience, and not expected to be perfect.  Allow the child to have fun practicing and making up words without correct spelling errors.  This is an important time to focus on top to bottom letter formation, and the overall appropriate letter formation for letters.

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