Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Handwriting


     Teaching Audrey how to write her name was a fun and challenging experience. Besides making sure that she knew the letters of her name, I also had to make sure that she knew how to write (from left to right) and what the proper strokes are for each letter (still working on this as it is very tricky!). It just takes a whole lot of patience, time and practice. 
    I was able to get great resources and worksheets online that really helped make the process of teaching easier for me. I would frequent www.handwritingforkids.com to get practice worksheets and information about writing and more. 
     Here are tips for you from Handwriting for Kids if you'd like to start teaching your child to write:


     Never lose your patience when your child is learning how to write. Here's a few tips to get you started:
  • Provide a quiet, comfortable, and warm atmosphere to work with your child.
  • Make sure your child understands the directions before beginning a handwriting lesson.
  • Show your child how to write on a separate paper while you're giving the instructions.
  • Limit each session to one or two lessons.


  Below are more tips and guidelines from my pre-school teacher friends :)

Make sure that your child has the Proper Grip. They usually start off with the palmar grasp 
so you need to show them how to hold a pencil so they can write properly. I am
lucky though because Audrey started doodling and writing with the proper grip already.
It seems that she's been observing how I would hold my pen when writing even at a very young age.

Although kids love writing with oversized markers or crayons, practicing 
how to write is best done with a Short Pencil or Regular Size Crayon
according to my sis in law Mic.

I made Audrey practice different pencil strokes.
Our practice includes Vertical Lines, Horizontal Lines,
Big Curves and Small Curves.

At their table. Natalie writes with the palmar grasp. I will teach her the proper
way to hold her pen when she's ready :)

We practice writing the letter R by Tracing since it's a tricky letter for Audrey to write.

Used a fat marker upon request :P 

Smiley Audrey

Smiley Natalie

We also practice writing with a Lined Sketch Pad,
although I do let Audrey write without lines from
time to time just to see her progress ;)

We try to keep the letters within the Top and Bottom Lines

Practicing never ends as long as my student is willing! :)


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