Your little scribe may be thrilled to be home from school today, but don't let her get away with skipping her cursive work. Today is National Handwriting Day, and a fitting opportunity to encourage your child to practice her writing skills (even if some schools favor typing these days). Celebrate the joys of unique penmanship today and everyday with creative canvases — from keepsake journals, notepads to erasable chalkboards. Practice makes perfect.

Clockwise from right: A simple Composition Book ($4), Secret Message Writing Set ($8), Removable Chalkboard Wallies ($20), One Line a Day Journal ($17) and a Chalkboard Placemat ($16).