Raise your kids' grades and self-image
|The original article follows below.
The original article, (which appeared in an issue of Family Life Magazine), resulted in hundreds of orders of the book "Change Your Life in 30 Days" with incredible results. If you have kids, don't miss out on ordering this book and tape set for them.
FEATURE STORY : The Write Stuff
The original article, (which appeared in an issue of Family Life Magazine), featured interviews with Bart Baggett and kids who have used his "Change Your Life in 30 Days Workbook for Kids" to improve their grades and self-esteem. All children featured in the article have experienced success stories with Bart's books and the workbook for kids.
Easing homework struggles can be as simple as improving your child's penmanship.
"The Write Stuff"
Ten-year-old Ryan Waton worked hard on his homework. But after getting some of his
assignments back from his teacher,
he felt frustrated, angry and ready to give up. "Why try?" he thought, since his
grades didn't reflect his efforts. Then Ryan took a handwriting improvement course, Change Your Life in 30 Days Workbook
for Kids, and both his grades and his behavior changed. "He calmed down and
seemed more focused," says his dad,
Craig. "It made Ryan feel good about himself, and gave us time to work together as a
team. It was great."
Even with the computer boom, handwriting is still a day-to-day necessity. And it should come
as no surprise that handwriting analysis can
reveal a lot about someone's personality. We write the way we think. "It's really
brainwriting," says Bill Howatt, Ph.D, a psychologist and
author of 'Teacher's Survival Guide for the 21st Century.' "Our thoughts reflect our
neurological patterns. When we alter the way we
write, we alter the way we think." In fact, a few simple adjustments in handwriting can
help a child become more focused and organized,
increase his memory and gain self-esteem. Teachers, therapists and parents are realizing that
these steps can boost a child's grades and performance.
A SELF ESTEEM BOOST
All this may sound a bit hard to believe, but it can be achieved by a process that
specialists call Grapho-therapy. Based on the idea
that healthy writing equals healthy thinking, Grapho-therapy works to interpret and adjust
writing patterns that directly affect behavior,
often emphasizing that certain letter strokes can help build particular character
"When you change a child's handwriting, you are taking negative thoughts and habits and replacing them with supportive, positive ones," says Vilama Rogers, a handwriting expert. Simple changes, it seems, can make all the difference. If a child's writing is large, making smaller letters increases concentration. By crossing the letter 't' on the top of the stem, a child can become more confident. Placing the dot closer to the stem of the letter 'i' increases memory and attention to detail. Once a child learns a few easy steps, each letter he or she makes is like a small compliment. "It's positive reinforcement, whether conscious or unconscious," says Rodgers.
It's not uncommon for a child to be ashamed of poor handwriting, says handwriting specialist Kate Gladstone. "He might notice that a friend's handwriting is neater, or that teachers say he's not trying hard enough. This can lower a child's self-esteem," Eighth grader J.J. Pallotti thought he needed to change his handwriting and decided to make it the subject of his science project. So, he talked his parents into buying him Bart Baggett's workbook "Change Your Life in 30 Days Workbook for Kids." "I knew my handwriting was messy, and I read in a book about how you could improve it," he says. "Each day, I practiced certain letters, and within 30 days my writing got neater. I got better grades and improved my concentration to study for tests and do schoolwork."
As unfair as it may seem, legibility is a crucial aspect of the grading system. "If a
child's handwriting is illegible, his or her grades
will deteriorate because the teacher can't understand it," says Rodgers. Obviously, the
most important issue is that the work itself
should be correct, but with a messy paper, your child could get a lower grade despite the
accuracy of her work. "Teachers tend
to say, 'a neater paper, a smarter child,'" says Sheila Mignone, a language teacher at
the Ursuline School in New Rochelle, New
York. Studies have shown that assignments with better handwriting consistently receive higher
scores than do those with poor
handwriting, regardless of the quality of the content. Poor handwriting can bring your child's
grades down in other ways too:
errors in copying problems can reduce a child's math grades by as much as 20%.
Just by practicing writing on the child's own or with you, he or she can improve the
legibility of his or her handwriting.
Don't despair if that's the only result you see - simply making work readable is half the
battle. Like Ryan Waton, a child
who completes an assignment, but is criticized or penalized for sloppy writing, may not work
as hard next time, making
the grades fall even more.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Some simple tools - such as lined paper and graph paper, pencil grips that make writing easier, and turning a yellow legal pad sideways to keep match columns straight - can help. Not only will your child's assignments look neater, but they will also help him or her display full ability. When your child sits down to practice, make it fun and easy.
There are several excellent handwriting books and programs available. You can also create exercises yourself. "Don't draw attention to a weak area or make your child feel bad," says Bart Baggett, who is Director of Handwriting University.com and the Author of "Change Your Life in 30Days: A Workbook for Kids" (//myhandwriting.com/change/kidsbook.html ) "Take the standpoint of 'We're going to improve together.
"That's why we also have a workbook for parents and the handwriting flash cards. It makes it seem like a team effort." Baggett cautions forcing a change on your children's handwriting without knowing the psychology behind the change. "You don't want to program more stubbornness or give your child a temper by making him write the t-stem incorrectly."
Fifteen minutes of practice, four or five days a week for about a month, is all it takes to see improvements in behavior and penmanship. Grab a marker, pencil or pen and try these exercises:
1. Determine which letters are difficult for your child - ask him or her. Work on the specific letters in which your child is having problems. Write these letters and have your child copy them.
2. Make up writing games that are both fun and entertaining. For example, ask each other questions and write down the answers. This not only improves handwriting, but also opens up communication about a wide variety of subjects.
3. Use colorful markers to draw a few letters on a large sheet of paper taped to the wall.
Let your child trace over your letters, and then have him or her make the letters next to yours.
4. Start a journal with your child and have him or her write in it regularly. This gives your child the opportunity to look back and see his or her progress.
5. Trace letters or words on your child's back with your finger. See if he or she can guess what you are writing. Then switch and allow your child to trace on your back.
6. Make a cake! Pour cake batter on a large cookie sheet and bake. Once the cake has cooled,
let your child decorate the
cake by writing the alphabet on the top in icing. This exercise helps improve spacing and
letter size. After your child has finished, he
or she has a tasty reward waiting.
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