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How to Encourage Good Penmanship ~ #BICGelocity


With the kids going back to school, there are a few things that you may want to take into consideration. While their handwriting isn't something that most people pay attention to, the better their penmanship, the more legible it is to grade their homework since you'll be able to understand what they're writing. Today I'll be sharing some ways that you could encourage good penmanship. This post is sponsored in partnership with BIC, however, all opinions are mine and mine alone.


I have always had a pretty good handwriting if I may say so myself. I remember as a young child, my mother would sit with me and we would practice over and over until I got it right. As I got older my writing evolved, but it is legible and while I much prefer writing in script over print, writing has always been fun to me. However, one thing that I must have is a good pen to write with, the new BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry gel pens were awesome to write with. I have a love/hate relationship with gel pens. While I love the way they write, they almost always smudge before I'm done. BIC® Gel-ocity Quick Dry gel pens dry up to 3x faster* with much less smearing and are available in a variety of colors including my favorite color purple.  However, today I want to share a few tips on how you can get your own kids to better their penmanship.

*vs. BIC® Gel-ocity® Original, based on average dry times of blue, black and red. Individual dry times may vary by color.


Teach the Proper Grasp
Now in order to get your handwriting in tip top shape, you first need to know how to hold a pencil or pen. Get them a few pencil grips and place them on their pens and pencils. Pencil grips are great for both lefties and righties and helps with the proper placement for holding your writing utensils. Once your kids know how to hold their pen or pencil properly, they'll be able to write a lot better.

Keep Practicing
As with all things, practice makes perfect. The more your child practices his handwriting the better it will become. In order not to make it tedious, try making it fun. Try practicing with handwriting games such as hangman, word puzzles and other such games, that will keep them entertained while they practice.


Have the Right Tools
Start out with a pencil and give them an eraser so that they're not too consumed with not making a mistake. Let them know that it's ok to make mistakes. For younger kids or kindergarteners there are "big" pencils that they can hold easier than regular size pencils. The bigger size is perfect for small hands is easier for them to hold.

Be Patient
This is one of the most difficult tip and one that I currently use for myself. It can get frustrating when you know that your kids can do better, but for some reason they don't try and put in the effort. However, you need to be patient. Getting frustrated, yelling, screaming will do you both no good. Instead, take a time out and come back to it. For those who have lefty's in the family, whereas you are right handed, it can be even more challenging, so be patient.

Give Positive Reinforcement
Pick your battles and give lots of positive reinforcement. Now while you may want your child to have a neat handwriting for English classes, Math classes are an entirely different story. When your child does a good job, give a reward and continue to encourage them to do their best.


My daughter Kristal is in college and couldn't wait to get her hands on the new BIC® Gel-ocity® Quick Dry gel pens. She's already got her favorite colors and said that they're going to make her back to college classes so much easier. They're a must have for your kids heading back to school, and everybody, including lefties will get a super-smooth writing experience. This Sunday, August 13th, is International Left Handers Day. As someone who has a few lefty's in her family, which includes my youngest, these pens are a lefty's best friend!



So give the BIC ® Gel-ocity ® Quick Dry gel pens a try today and improve your writing and creativity!

Annmarie John
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  1. These are great tips and I recently had to help my older daughter to work on her penmanship here last year in school. I am proud to say we used much of the above and her handwriting has greatly improved. So, definitely couldn't agree with you more and now off to check out these cool pens, too :)

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  2. These pens sound great! A: My oldest child's writing looks like another language. B: I love gel pens. I need to get these for the whole fam.

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  3. I need these pens for myself. My kids have great handwriting, but mine looks like literal chicken scratch.

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  4. These are really great tips on how to encourage good penmanship, I know that my youngest child has sloppy penmanship. He is just lazy, like he has better things to do than write he says. I have struggled with new ideas to encourage his penmanship to get better, these tips will help!

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  5. Positive reinforcement is great when you are teaching anything! My daughter has great handwriting, but my son not so much.

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  6. I am a sucker for great pens. Penmanship is important to me. It's sad that schools don't appreciate it anymore. Kids don't write in cursive and chicken scratch is acceptable. It was always a big deal when I was growing up. Especially learning to write on unlined paper.

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  7. I agree with you completely. It's definitely easier to grade papers that you can read especially since we usually deal with reports and all that. It would be nice if parents were to encourage their kids to practice writing. These pens are perfect, love the colors!

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  8. You are so right, that grip is so important. I love to write and when I was a teacher, I loved teaching children how to print and write in cursive.

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  9. I agree with all your tips. I can't even imagine grading a paper with handwriting that's so bad I can't even understand it. I will have to say that mine isn't too bad but have been trying to get it better. I will have to pick up a few of these pens. I just LOVE gel pens and BIC has been around for years. I used them in college.

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  10. These are definitely good things to work on with the kids. I do think the writing skills they pick up are going to be super helpful for the rest of their lives.

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  11. I need those pens in my life! I digress, we homeschool and penmanship is something that we are always working on.

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  12. My oldest is just learning to write his letters but I feel strongly that penmanship is an important, by dying art form. In fact, I want to teach my children cursive even though schools have removed it from the curriculum.

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  13. Ugh. This is a sore spot for my son and I. His penmanship is atrocious! Getting him to practice is like pulling teeth!

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  14. Such great tips! I have a first grader and a preschooler and will definitely be implementing some of these tips!

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  15. Thanks for these great tips. I'm trying to help my little girls and for now, we need more improvement.

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  16. When I was younger, my mom would always tell me to keep practicing. It was frustrating at that age! ha!

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  17. I have a little one who struggles with the patience part. Getting her the gel pens seems to get her to practice longer though.

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  18. I have the same trouble with gel pens smearing. It's great that these are fast drying and I love the colors too!

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  19. I'm fairly obsessed with these. Cassidy thinks I'm nuts but good pens matter so much. I'm a writer! I need gel ink or I can't work with anything else. And quick dry is a must because I tend to smudge my writing. I told Cassidy that I built two businesses on sticky notes and gel ink pens so that's what I got for my birthday!

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  20. We've been working on pencil holding technique with my son. My daughter is just learning to write letters and trying to keep them all relatively the same size.

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  21. I love gel pens too. I have a few adult coloring books and I sometimes use gel pens to color the finer details of a page. I will try this BIC Gel-ocity pens. I like that they are bigger than most pens, which is good because it gives me an easier grip.

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  22. I love gel pens. It does make a difference when writing. I am not a fan of pencils though. Pencils make me cringe.

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  23. Even though we do most of our communicating through typing, having good penmanship is still essential. I sincerely hope this time honored tradition never goes away.

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  25. Great tips! Patience is really needed when you are encouraging good penmanship. Though it may take a while, the result is totally worth it. :)

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  26. This is a great post! I've been practicing with my 6 year old nephew to improve his handwriting and the importance of knowing how to read/write cursive.

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  27. I have fairly good penmanship. Having the right tools definitely helps. I prefer the way my writing looks with certain pens. Need to try these!

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  28. Proper penmanship is something that really needs to be fostered. My husband's parents just told him that his writing was fine and now one would judge it, but a lot of people don't take him seriously because of it. You have provided some important advice.

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