Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Teacher Tips to Pre-Writing

Today our students practiced making a "Big A" and a "little a." Holding markers and crayons can be tough for kids. One tip is to have them develop their pincer grasp by beading, using tweezers to pick up paper, or using clothespins to hang up things. Check out: http://www.otplan.com/materials/pincer-grasp.aspx for tons of ideas using materials you already have at home. The idea is to help your child to eventually learn to hold the marker between his/her thumb, pointer, and middle fingers. This will help them to write letters with ease. Another tip is to break crayons in half so that they have to hold it correctly rather than in their fists.

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