With all the technology and electronic devices we have today, it almost seems like handwriting is becoming irrelevant. These are important skills to develop in children. Yet, I feel that less and less time is being spent on teaching children how to properly form letters and write.
Simple Shapes The developmental sequence is to first draw "straight" lines horizontal and vertical then circles. Toddlers usually manage to scribble the lines, and then start drawing loops, that eventually develop into circles. Toddler scribbling horizontal lines Tracing and then drawing spirals is a good way to practice the circular movement needed for circles!
SEN Teacher provides a free spiral download here opens in new window. But first draw lots of bigger spirals on non-paper mediums and have your child trace them before doing a worksheet.
Squares and rectangles are harder because they require that your child STOP at corners and turn the corners. Your child also needs to perceive how many sides there are and give their drawing the same number of sides.
However, the lines needed for squares and rectangles are horizontal and vertical, so they are still easier than triangles, which have diagonal lines. If your child struggles to draw triangles, then start by practicing lots of diagonal lines, before connecting them to make a triangle.
I always find it immensely helpful to stand behind the child and guide their hands through the tracing. I talk them through it, emphasizing stopping at the corners and turning the corners.
Here, the child is tracing over the simple printed stars I made. She is working on a vertical surface.
Once your child has practiced tracing over your diagonal lines, draw a fir tree like the one alongside and have your child try and copy it. You will soon see whether the diagonals are weak or not.
If your child has been practicing scissor cuttinga nice idea is to cut out triangles, paste them to make a picture eg a house or a rocket and then trace around them as shown.
You will need to cue the child to stop at each corner and make nice sharp turns. I drew a star on this Magnadoodle, and the child is tracing over it with a thicker magnet pencil. Your child should start at the top of the right hand loop for a right handed child; see the car on the top of the racing track pic and draw down the diagonal to the bottom of the left loop, up the left loop and down the diagonal to bottom of the right loop and back up again.
A left handed child should start at the top of the left loop and start down the diagonal from there.
A Lazy 8 Racing Track If you look carefully, the tracing in the butterfly is not that great, as the child struggled to stay on the path, and the down strokes from left to right are more vertical than diagonal.
If you notice your child doing this, keep practicing this activity a few more times, encouraging the diagonal slant.
A Lazy 8 Butterfly You can also draw a racing track, and have the child steer a Modarri car around the track - these cars steer beautifully and can be used for to improve visual-motor skills. Read more about how I use Modarri cars in this way.
Patterns Practicing handwriting patterns is a good way to develop the flow and ease needed for handwriting.
The patterns shown alongside were done by a child who had poor VMI skills. If you look closely, they are jerky, with lots of stopping and starting, and they lack flow. Poor VMI - patterns lack flow If you notice that your child struggles to make good, flowing patterns, then spend some time doing lots of patterns and looping paths on a large upright surface white board, blackboard, outside wall, mirror.
Once your child has had lots of practice with patterns on a big surface, you could print pattern downloads and have your child trace them a few times with a finger before trying them with a crayon. I use this visual motor workbook a LOT to help develop these skills.
Your child may also benefit from doing some eye-hand coordination activities to strengthen eye-hand coordination skills. Number Formations Numbers and letters all have specific starting points. Use a visual clue, like a dot or a small star to remind kids where to start.
Letter Formations Numbers all start in the top left corner, so you can call that the starting corner and then work on 2 or 3 numbers at a time with little rhymes or stories until your child has learned to write them. When children struggle to form their letters consistently, I have found it helpful to group the letters according to formation, and work on them as groups.
It is best to work on large surfaces before moving onto books and worksheets. Another tip is to have your child draw the letter in the air with closed eyes! Back to Top Dots And Grids Dot pictures and grid pictures are helpful visual motor integration activities.
They require the child to look carefully at the picture and replicate it, which is the same skill needed in handwriting! Start with the really simple ones for young kids and progress to the harder ones as their skills develop. At first, you will need to help your child by pointing out where the line starts and then going dot by dot or grid by grid.
Your child will need to have a good grasp of directionality in order to understand the concept of drawing "up one grid", "3 dots to the left" and so on.Teaching children how to write letters can be a fun experience.
Even though traditional letter writing has taken a backseat to other popular forms of electronic correspondence, such as emails and texts, it's still an important skill children need to practice.
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