Please share:

Handwriting is so important to each of us. Our signature marks our unique impression of agreement or approval on a document. There have been many arguments lately on whether to teach our children the skill of cursive handwriting. While many feel it’s not necessary, others say that the skill is critical to for building brain connections and should be taught. I love this article on 5 Brain-Based Reasons to teach handwriting in school.

I’m often asked the question, ‘where to start teaching our children writing and when?’

  1. Step one:  SCRIBBLING..…..our children learn to control their bodies from the middle out. This means that they control their central structures such as mouth, eyes, shoulders before the smaller muscles in their hands. It’s for this reason that they begin with larger muscle movements and scribbling on the paper. Provide large pieces of paper or purchase rolls of paper from teacher supply stores.
  2. The next step is a VERTICAL LINE. It’s much easier to mark the paper from top to bottom. This skill does not require kids to cross the middle of their bodies.
  3. Horizontal lines are next. That means our kids can now progress to drawing from the left side of the paper to the right (or right to left).
  4. The circle is next and it’s SO exciting as our children begin to associate making faces with drawing circles. It’s now that we begin to see our child’s personality more and more!
  5. The ability to write diagonal lines comes last.

 

So, most kids do not (or can not) learn to write the alphabet in order. Think about the order in which writing strokes come……..Letters with vertical lines come first, like I and then those with vertical and horizontal lines come next, like T. Finally, diagonal letters come last, like X, M, N, Z.

Did you know that children need to be able to identify letters BEFORE they can write them? It’s true! Many kids can trace or imitate drawing a letter with a model or example, but to actually write the letter from memory, they need to identify the letter and choose it from others. How do you test this? Write three letters (A, T, Z) on paper and ask your child which is the letter A. If she can identify the letter, then she may be able to independently write it.

At which ages should each handwriting stroke begin? A fellow OT friend, Heather of Growing Hands on Kids has created a wonderful FREE download for you. Click HERE or on the picture below.

 

Remember that there are so many ways to work on fine motor coordination WITHOUT A PENCIL! Watch this video for quick and easy ideas to work on fine motor in YOUR home.

Read our earlier post here which tells you more information about fine and gross motor, oral-motor, movement skills and at which age they emerge.

 

 

Your Sensory Tips Are HERE!

Logowebsite

Leave your name and email to grab your FREE copy of the Sensory Tips Download today!

Powered by ConvertKit
Please share:

Related posts

Pool Noodle Halloween Fun!

So fun! Our Halloween pool noodle craft brings out creativity and builds motor skills for kids and adults! Supplies: Dollar ...
Read More

Sounds and Emotions – Sensory Processing Tips

Sounds and Feelings Imagine the sound of your mother's voice. What memories/emotions does the sound of popping popcorn bring? Think ...
Read More

Sensory Processing Disorder in SCHOOL

School & Homework Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder We have provided links to Amazon for some of the ...
Read More

5 Tips for Transitioning to Summer and Winter Clothing

While most families look forward to the warm spring weather, there are some of us who look at the transition ...
Read More

Great to have you here! 

I have a special gift for you!

Enter your email for your free copy of Sensory Tips!

You have Successfully Subscribed!