Step by Step Options for the Right Practical Education for the Children

In order to hold a pen properly, to properly dose the force during writing and the whole thing over a longer period of time, students need well-defined fine motor skills. If the fine motor skills in children are not sufficiently trained, prolonged writing can lead to aching and cramped hands and consequently to an illegible writing.

If correcting regularly resembles the deciphering of hieroglyphs and every word has to be deciphered, the motivation of the corrector can quickly flute, on the other hand many teachers ask themselves: is the student’s handwriting getting worse and worse? From the First level till the advanced you need to be specific on this.

And: How can you help students who – due to lack of motor skills – have an excuse for the expression “sow claw”?

Writing and fine motor skills of students worsened

The impression that many have did not seem to deceive:

Fine motor skills

Writing illegible writing or problems over a longer period of time can be the result of deficits in fine motor skills. Regardless of school, 87% report a deterioration of the writing motor skills. Among teachers at secondary schools, 79% believe that students’ handwriting has developed negatively in recent years.

It is already difficult for many students in secondary schools to write for half an hour without complaints: only 38% of their students attested to the teachers’ ability to write for 30 minutes without cramping or fatigue of the hand.

84% of participating elementary school teachers sees the deterioration of the fine motor skills of the students as the cause of the problems with the handwriting. This assumption is closely followed by “too little exercise at home” (61%) and the “progressive digitization of communication” (53%).

Fine motor skills are an important prerequisite for the development of a legible handwriting

  • The term “fine motor skills” commonly refers to the small, precise movements that we can perform with our hands, fingers, mouth, and facial muscles (facial expressions). The motor skills of hands and fingers are particularly relevant to writing.
  • For these movements to succeed as we would like, good visual perception is important, especially pronounced hand-eye coordination. It is necessary to pay attention to the ruling and to be able to reproduce the letters correctly. In addition, children must be able to assess the use of force and learn the right pen hold.
  • In infancy (15 months to 3 years) it can explore the environment by the independent gait. Springing out of the stroller, the still unsafe movements become more fluid and stable during this time. In addition, new forms of movement are added, for. As stairs rise, balance, jump, wear.
  • The pre-term (3-6 years) is characterized by an accelerated muscle growth resulting in an increase of strength and endurance is obtained.

The more and more precisely applied fine motor skills can be well observed in the painting movement. This is initially controlled by large muscles and is carried out by the arm (large-scale images), but then the painting movements can be steered better and better and the child paints from the forearm, so that smaller elements can be painted.