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Can you recommend resources to help my child improve her handwriting?

Handwriting is considered by many experts to play a crucial role in brain development and creativity. Here are some articles, books and resources to help you help your child cultivate this invaluable skill:

• The First Steps to Writing blog series on our Parents site

5 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Handwriting and 5 Fun Ways To Get Your Preschooler Writing

Handwriting Made Easier and Writing Lessons for National Handwriting Day on our Teachers site

• This app, Handwriting Without Tears: Wet, Dry, Try, is recommended by Scholastic Instructor.

And here are some of our book offerings, which we have divided into three categories: general, manuscript and cursive.

General

Ready to Write!

Handwriting Practice: Jokes and Riddles

Handwriting and Vocabulary

Manuscript

Traditional Manuscript

Contemporary Manuscript

Cursive

Beginning Cursive Practice: Copy & Write Quotes

Traditional Cursive

Contemporary Cursive

English Language Arts/Reading

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Math

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Implementation

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Writing

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Learning Support

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