Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Home Activities to Make Handwriting Fun

Handwriting Rocks

Here are some of my favorite ways to sharpen up those handwriting skills that you can do at home.

To make handwriting fun and effective it is important to keep in mind the four learning modalities that educators use.

1. Auditory:
Use verbal cues as the strokes for each letter are made. Such as, "Slanted line with a scoop down." Feel free to make these up as you go along. The more interesting you can make these the better. Try to keep it consistent, and use them with each of the activities below.

2. Tactile:
Write one letter at a time on the Stitched Handwriting Practice Dry Erase Board from the project found here. This project shows you how to make raised handwriting lines so that learners can feel the lines and become more aware of the letters placement within the lines.

Another fun tactile writing activity is writing in shaving cream. Just spray a glob on the counter, smooth it out and begin writing with your finger tip.
3. Kinesthetic:
Air Writing gets kids moving as they practice writing. Have your child stand up and use a pointer, such as a fairy wand, lightsaber, sword, etc., to draw in the air one letter at a time.

You can also do this while balancing on one leg for more of a challenging kinesthetic activity.

4. Visual:
Try Air Writing with your eyes closed. It will help with visual memory of the letter shapes.

Here are some more resources you can use to make handwriting fun:

Lined Paper Generator You can design your own lined paper, big, small, seasonal, etc.

Print Handwriting Printables There are tons of fun worksheets you can print out at this website. This is geared toward Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Cursive Handwriting Worksheet Generator Type in the words you want on a worksheet and it will make it for you. Try to incorporate things that get your child excited. I like to use Pokemon character names, Princess names, and my kids' new favorite toys.

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