I've heard occupational therapists complain about how lots of kids (especially boys) are forced to write in school before they are really physically ready to do so. Boys fine motor skills often develop later than girls.
And I know there are LOTS of homeschooling families and homeschool curricula that introduce actual handwriting until later than is introduced in public school, again, especially for boys.
So we follow tips provided by educators, occupational therapists, and seasoned home educators.
- aproach handwriting as it's own separate subject (when the student is ready)
- take handwriting out of other assignments so it is not a barrier to learning
- use oral reports, tiles, and other manipulatives as a substitute for writing lessons and answers
- write using computers or other keyboard-type devices
- make writing enjoyable and motivating when you teach it
So here are some resources for making writing more enjoyable!
60 different multi-sensory strategies for spelling, some of which involve writing and use tools like these:
Handwriting without tears - popular curriculum for home and school use, multisensory strategies, therapeutic use
Student response boards - a HUGE selection of dry erase boards for different subjects including writing, just a sampling below