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Top Issues about handwriting skills in Kindergarten (UKG) children

Top Issues about handwriting skills in Kindergarten (UKG) children

As children get a start to their proper school education with Kindergarten (UKG), handwriting plays a very important role in it all. As children start to develop in other areas, handwriting is directly related to their finger development skills. Fine motor skills and their physical development plays a very important role in how your child will do in hand writing.


Writing develops in a rapid pace in Kindergarten (UKG), from tracing the alphabets and ending in higher-level thinking skills like forming, organizing, and expressing complete and coherent thoughts.


It starts with scribbles from Kindergarten (UKG) and proceeds onto writing the ABCS.

It is important to pay close attention to your Kindergarten (UKG) child and observe what and how they write. Keep reading to assess the types of questions you should ask yourself to understand your Kindergarten (UKG) child’s handwriting skills.


Is your UKG child developing age-appropriate writing skills?

The most important thing for parents to remember is that writing during the Kindergarten (UKG) years is messy but becoming more precise! Don’t worry it does not look picture perfect. The goal is to continue to help your Kindergarten (UKG) child understand how writing actually works, that it is related to reading, that it communicates information, through words and symbols. There are a few basic set of writing skills your Kindergarten (UKG) child should know between the ages of 4 and 5. Make a note of the following questions, and watch how your child is performing in each area. Does my Kindergarten (UKG) child:

  • Express ideas and stories through pictures he or she draws?
  • Use pencils, color pencils, crayons, and sketch pens for drawing and writing?
  • Copy and draw lines and circles, and uses symbols like “X” and “+”?
  • Trace a line?
  • Copy a square?
  • Copies a right/left diagonal
  • Imitate a triangle?
  • Grasp a pencil in writing position ?
  • Attempt to write some of the letters in his or her first name?
  • Show an understanding of how writing and drawing help us communicate and function in everyday life?
  • Can trace alphabets, learn their sounds and read words and start writing small sentences


By end of the Kindergarten (UKG), your child should be able to:

  • Connect a letter or letters with most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonetics).
  • Phonetically or inventively write simple high-frequency words they often see or hear in daily life.
  • Write many consonant-vowel-consonant words.
  • Write their own names.
  • Start writing simple sentences


How to encourage early writing skills at home

Now that you know some of the basic writing skills Kindergarten (UKG) children need to have, here are a few ways in which you can encourage them to practice writing:

  1. Let your child use writing tools such as pencils, sketch pens, chalk, and crayons. Give your child “Free flow” time to scribble and write what they want.
  2. Encourage your child to use drawing to showcase ideas and draw out and write stories.
  3. Write down in dotted lines words from everyday life – from vegetables to fruits and have your child trace them in different colors and then draw out the word.
  4. Show your child how to write their own name – this can take some time, but its worth it!
  5. Enrol your child in an integrated digital child development and learning program that helps them with writing in a step by step manner
  6. Get some white label stickers and get your child to write out what each item in their room is and stick the sticker on that object.
  7. Get your child a paint brush and many colors. Have them paint out many letters and words?
  8. Help your child create a pretend restaurant menu using pictures of food from magazines


Keeping track of writing in your child’s Kindergarten (UKG)

These days, there is an increasing level of structure even in Kindergarten (UKG) . While there is a lot of down time, there is also a growth in learning and rigorous curriculum. If your child’s Kindergarten (UKG) is not following a rigors standard, then enrolling your child in a digital learning program is key. Keeping track of how well your young child is learning to write is important. For that, do the following:

  • Ask your Kindergarten (UKG) child’s teacher how writing is being taught and practiced.
  • Ask your child’s grade teacher how your child is doing.
  • Find out what specific early writing skills your child will need to perfect in order to have a successful start Kindergarten (UKG).
  • Collect your child’s writing in the Kindergarten (UKG) that she brings home, display them at home, and talk about it with them together.
  • Encourage your child to talk about school and learning, and try to assess how he or she feels about writing.


When to worry

If you are concerned about your child’s writing skills and think that they are below-average for his or her age group, please note that not all children develop at the same pace. However, you may want to seek help if your child:

  • Does not like and avoids writing and copying.
  • Is delayed in learning to copy and write.
  • Has frequent trouble remembering the shapes of letters and numbers.
  • Frequently reverses or otherwise incorrectly draws letters, numbers, and symbols. (note that this can also continue into Kindergarten (UKG))

Discuss your worries with your child’s kindergarten teacher. In parallel, enroll them in an integrated digital child development and learning program. Your child’s pediatrician might also be able to provide guidance. And, make sure that your child has gone through routine vision and hearing tests.



This tool does not provide medical advice or educational advice. See additional information.

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