The ideal age for this ritual was five years, and during my childhood, it performed with the great devotion and excitement. The scientific reason behind it maybe by the attainment of five years the children have somewhat mastered the hand coordination and dexterity and perfect for the commencement of the writing skills. This theory has been corroborated now by the European countries; the extreme being Norway where the writing skills are taught at the age of 6 years. The world of play which is quintessential for conception building is constantly pushed back to an alarming extent. The child gets anxious, and the level of confidence which the child develops instinctively is trampled. So why do we have to crush the developing brain? Human beings are made to learn by themselves with the little help. Alas! in India children is a pack of poor circus animals who are taught and trained in all possible ways.
The first step is to help the child to develop an interest in writing of the alphabets and numbers. If you cannot avoid in starting the process of mastering the writing skills, you can make it more playful and enjoyable. Thus your child could be directed into the process of writing without much defiance. I have tried with my daughter the many very simple methods, and the outcome is incredible. The age old method backfired, but by these means; the interest gets boosted with steady progress.
I am sharing here some of the simple techniques which worked for her and which was easy to make and follow in everyday life. The mastering of good handwriting and memorising the alphabets is practice. This practice needs to be done in a fun way, so the children are not bored.
2. The second phase is learning to practice tracing the curves and the straight lines and the circles. It is an absolute necessary because it makes the kid more efficient in grasping how to form letters. You can download the curve and other forms for practicing from many websites and give a printout.
3. Another fun way to make them practice every time on the curves without much printout and wastage is to take a printout in a paper and laminate it. You can give then coloured sketch pens to trace over them numerable times. Then just rub them with a soft cloth and stack them back. 15 minutes of this exercise every day will help in strengthening the handwriting skill and easy for the kid to remember.