Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pre-Writing Skills

Nicholas is advanced in his ability to hold a pen correctly (with a little persuasion) and draw horizontal and vertical lines (if he wants to) so I have been looking up ways to develop this skill.

I was surprised to find that a lot of the ways to do this do not involve a pen at all, and we do a lot of these activities already! Spooning, transferring, pouring, pinching... all help develop the muscles and coordination for writing.

This is what I put together this morning:

Nicholas used his bucket and spade set to transfer packing peanuts, using either the spade or a little hollow dinosaur mould to scoop them up. He could also use his rake to move them around the big container. He LOVED this activity!

I also set up some red plastic crystals to spoon from one bowl to another, but he quickly realized it was quicker to use his hands... we'll have to work on his stamina!

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