What do you do when a child's handwriting is awful? I'm not talking about a little bit crooked or things that are misspelled - those things are age-appropriate and can be fixed with time. I'm talking about handwriting that is barely legible - what my elementary teachers would have called "chicken scratching."
M1 probably has dysgraphia. Handwriting is and always has been difficult for him. We're working on cursive, and he sort of likes it, but he sort of doesn't because it's still writing. For now, though, he still has to turn in work, and half the time I can barely read it.
We've worked on handwriting consistently since he came home three years ago. We use Handwriting Without Tears, and he knows how to write properly. He simply won't do it. A lowercase 's' often looks like a backward 'c' because he won't put the top curve on it. Lowercase 'n' and 'h' could be twins more often than not. The list goes on and on. If he misses a letter in a word, rather than erase and fix it he'll try to squeeze it in, even if there isn't space. He doesn't leaves space between words or sentences. Letters are all over the place, even on paper that has the dotted line down the middle to help keep things even. If the space is available, his writing is HUGE - this is becoming a real issue with regards to math, where it's often hard to pick out his answer from the chaotic math problems scattered around the page (yes, I do provide him with separate paper to do these on, but he won't use it).
I let him type when he can, but that's a painfully tedious process yet, too, so for now that really isn't an option.
What would you do? I need ideas, because I'm about out. Right now I'm making him copy the really bad stuff over again, but that adds SO much time to our school day, depending on whether he'll focus or not (the focus issue is another part of the puzzle here... I really wish I could put him back on Vyvanse!). So what do you think? Tough it out till he's fluent at typing and/or cursive? Make him keep copying the worst stuff over? Just get over it? I will not write everything (many reasons for this, not the least of which is that M1 needs to work on his capitalization and punctuation issues), nor is oral work always an option, so I really need something that might stick.