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LITERACY: Writing & the ABC’s Ways to Learn the ABC’s … without holding a pencil!
As a child begins to use drawings to represent different ideas, they are beginning to write. Straight lines and circles begin to represent items in their lives.
PRE-WRITING Activities Two skills are needed before a child can successfully write manuscript: Small muscle coordination Hand-eye coordination
SMALL MUSCLE Activities: Any activities where the child is using their fingers will help to develop these small muscles. Needed to hold a pencil and make basic strokes Some examples of activities are: Puzzles - building blocks, play dough, clay, rubber stamps, magnet letters, small cars and trucks, crayons, etc.
EYE-HAND Coordination The allows the child’s hand to react to what the eye sees. These activities will help the child to develop writing skills: Drawing, tracing, cutting, painting, pasting, finger paints, typing (key boards) lacing cards, stringing items, etc. Try it……
Child’s Name 4 TAKE THE TIME AND EFFORT TO LEARN HOW TO SPELL THE CHILD’S NAME CORRECTLY! 4 ALWAYS CONFIRM THE SPELLING OF A NAME UNTIL YOU HAVE IT MEMORIZED!
MANUSCRIPT WRITING 4 ZANER BLOSER 4 First they learn curved and straight lines 4 Second they learn round letters (O, C) and curved letters (S, D). 4 Curved letters that have intersections (B, R) 4 Letters with diagonal lines (K, X) and horizontal lines (L, H) litoadcefgjqusbhprnvywkxz 12345678910 4 Letters made with letters and circles are easiest
Make writing & letters FUN! The majority of preschool children lack the small muscle control and eye-hand coordination, at first, for traditional writing methods. Provide a variety of ABC activities for the children. Early Writing/ABC activities: Sensory letter activities Games, songs, books Label on items Word and letter recognition in familiar names and signs
Handwriting Test 4 Today is your handwriting test on correct printing. 4 Write the entire Alphabet, numbers 1-10 and Your First and Last Name – Correctly!
REVERSALS: Young children will often reverse letters or write parts of the letter backwards. The order of a while word may be reversed. This is normal and should not be a concern.
? Left or Right Handed ? About 10% of all children use their left hand. Watch and see which had is preferred. Help the child by providing left-handed scissors and allowing them to set on end of table so left arm has room to work.