One of the questions I get all the time from parents of young children is, “What can we do to prepare preschoolers to learn how to write?”
The LHK Handwriting Readiness Club is full of OT-created activities
This is a valid and important question. As parents and teachers of young children, we want to do everything we can to make sure Little Johnny and Little Susie are set up for success.
There’s a lot of information out there about what you could do, but in today’s post I want to set the record straight for what exactly we can do to prepare preschoolers to learn how to write and what actually matters for handwriting success.
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How to Prepare Preschoolers to Learn How to Write
How do we prepare these little ones for handwriting?
You learn about development and let that be your roadmap.
,There’s so much nonsense and unnecessary pressure coming from college admissions and trickling down like a small avalanche high school, middle school, and elementary all the way to our early childhood classes.
I am constantly reminding early childhood teachers that they are the boots on the ground, the front line when it comes to making sure development happens!
If you know and love a little person in the 3 to 5-year-old stage then this is for you!
While these three-year-olds are in school, they are learning so many things.
- During dress up they are practicing activities of daily living.
- Sitting in circle time they are learning about body awareness.
- Climbing playground equipment gives them information about the body and space.
- Building a block tower with 3 other three-year-olds they are definitely practicing how to share.
- Independent play lets them practice self regulation.
- Labeling their day lets them experience and predict routines.
- Puzzles, pegs, cutting and coloring bombard their visual motor and fine motor skills.
- Using tools like shovels, tongs, paint brushes, droppers are a deep dive into in hand manipulation skills
- Clay, sand, fingerpaint, chalk and food play develop and regulate the tactile system.
That’s how it’s done! These are things that actually help prepare preschoolers to learn how to write.
Yes, I know none of the mentioned experiences include pencil and paper, but all of these things are very much the building blocks we need our little ones to have so that they can be ready to begin that prewriting stage.
At this early preschool phase, formal handwriting shouldn’t be included especially at the expense of any of the developmentally appropriate activities.
All the experiences in a three-year-old class are preparing their little hands to be ready for the prewriting stage.
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Don’t skip what happens in this three-year-old stage, because it is the foundation for the success that they’re going to have in their late threes, early fours transitioning them into kindergarten. It happens right now in the late twos, early three-year-old class.
The Handwriting Readiness Club for Early Writers
Do you want a step-by-step guide on exactly HOW to correctly prepare your early writer for handwriting success and avoid any future legibility traps?
The Handwriting Readiness Club makes it easy for parents and teachers to know which prewriting activities are necessary and which skills are most important for early writers to develop.
You’ll get a step-by-step game plan, video demonstrations, printable handouts, and tons of fun hands-on activities for your kiddos that have been tested by real students, all in one easily accessible online portal.
The Handwriting Club includes activities to develop the most important prewriting skills for preschoolers and early writers such as gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and visual perception skills.
Students who struggle with messy handwriting (who often lack basic handwriting foundations) can also benefit from the skills and activities in the Handwriting Readiness Club!
Watch my video introduction to the Handwriting Readiness Club:
Enrollment is open for a limited time through Thursday, October 28, so don’t delay!
Got a question about the Handwriting Readiness Club? Send me an email!