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The “write” stuff

Published on March 19, 2009 under Uncategorized


The older kids have really been into writing today.   They have made list and graphs galore.   This is how children become better writers. I can throw dot to dot in front of them all day, but if they aren’t ready— they aren’t ready.

Here is an article that discusses the “stages of writing” if you are interested.
And here are some ideas to help your child build stronger fine motor skills from some of my friends on a message board.
 Here are some of Maureens ideas! 
I have already mentioned some of the things we do in art to encourage the 
three finger pincher grip such as gluing. We also do an activity called pin 
pricking. You get a large push pin, a small piece of carpet with low pile and 
a variety of shapes traced on 2″ squares of construction paper. The child 
puts one of the squares on the carpet and punches holes on the line all the 
way around. Then he can punch out the shape if he has his holes close enough. 
Older children enjoy that one. Some children prefer to use this method for 
cutting out their countries when the make maps if they don’t have the skill 
yet to cut with scissors. We use tiny “ink” stamps, and instead of ink pads, 
I have them use waterproof magic markers to scrape the stamp side and use 
that “ink” on the stamp. We always have a variety of necklace making 
materials with cut straws and pony beads in seasonal colors. Both boys and 
girls enjoy making these.

    We have another area in the room that is full of fine motor activities. For 
    grasping(we always have our actities set out on shelves from left to right 
    with easier to more challenging arranged across a shelf), I have out now a 
    small bowl of yellow and green pompons on a round paint tray with 10 
    indentions and a strawberry huller. Then I have a tray with four dividers and 
    a container full of four different green and yellow beads and the child takes 
    tweezers and takes each bead at a time to sort and put in the appropriate 
    divider. Then I have a large baster that the child bastes water from one 
    container to another. The next one is is an eyedroper with a bottle of 
    colored water that the child drops a bead of colored water on one of those 
    round soap suction things. (The suction part looks like tiny mushrooms where 
    the beads of water sit on). You can also precede the eyedropper using small 
    beads instead of water and tweezers where they can form different designs on 
    the soap dish. That is what I have out now for grasping.

I also have out one of those square plastic boards that have the “nails” on 
them and the child stretches rubber bands across the “nails” to make designs. 
We have a mini screwdriver that turns the screws into four holes of a 
predrilled board. We have a water activity that uses a hand held child sized 
egg beater for making bubbles(We have already had out the whisking)They have 
to hold the part that turns the beaters using those three fingers. We have 
tiny Avon type bottles of various sizes and shapes where they need to 
match the lids to the bottles and screw those on. We also have out polishing 
where they have to use their pincher fingers for putting the polish on the 
mirror, shoe, brass, silver, etc as well as use the small fabirc mitt to wipe 
the polish off the object. When they spill their bowl of beads on the floor, 
they get plenty of practice picking those up!(as well as helpful friends 
getting practice). When they pour liquids like water for their drink at 
snack, they use two hands, the fingers from one hand holding the handle and 
the other hand for balancing the glass pitcher.
From another friend:
I agree with the last poster concerning developing fine motor
skills. Also, one thing that I tried with a child (and it
worked) was to have him hold a cotton ball in his fist, then
grasp the pencil, crayon,or marker, while still holding the
cotton ball. I got this idea years ago from either T-net or a
teacher’s website.
I hope you found some fun things you can do at home to help your child become a better writer!


  1. Ms Debbie

    There are 750 homes in the state that are licensed. Well, 749 since the lady fed her kids windex. ugh… IT will be an association to bind them together for support and to raise the quality of homes. We will be non profit… do you still have your grant?

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