The Pre-Writing Shapes are typically mastered in this order:
- Vertical line
- Horizontal line
- Diagonal line /
- Diagonal line \
Tips for practicing the pre-writing shapes with correct formation:
- Always start from the “TOP TOP TOP” (this is a phrase I use with many of my students)
- Always move from the Left to the Right
- Add a sound when making strokes to encourage engagement (I use “SHOOP!” with many of my students, as well as “CIRCLE…..STOP!” and “DOWN and ACROSS”)
- Practicing on a vertical surface helps to develop muscles in the arm needed for better handwriting skills
- Use small writing utensils – small piece of chalk, broken crayon, small pencil, small marker. Using small writing utensils encourages students to use a developmentally appropriate pencil grasp
- Remind your students to use their “Helper Hand” to hold their paper still as they write
- Have fun! It is important that students enjoy these activities or they will grow to dislike all writing activities.
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Writing letters, numbers, and pre-writing shapes in different textures helps students to engage, learn, and remember what they are practicing! Try these different ideas on a tray, plate, or table.
- Shaving Cream (add food coloring for extra fun!)
- Whipped cream (add food coloring for extra fun!)
- Dish Soap
Need a Less Messy Option?
- Try putting a small amount of paint and dish soap (or hair conditioner) in a large seal-able plastic bag.
- Tape over the seam with shipping tape (or duct tape) to prevent the seal from breaking
- Lay the bag on a flat surface
- Use your index finger (pointer finger) or a Q-tip to create different shapes, letters, and numbers
Posted in Handwriting, Sensory, Visual Motor and tagged fine motor, handwriting, letters, numbers, pre-writing shapes, sensory by Emily Dandron, OTRL with .