In the current world of digital revolution, when most conversations happens online, National Handwriting Day on the 23rd January encourages us to take a step back and put pen to paper and express the individualism through handwritten word.
Nowadays, we are so used to typing on our keyboards or mobile screens, a hand-written letter or a note is fast becoming a thing of the past.
Who knows what the children of our children will think of the art of elegant handwriting…
At our nurseries, children from a young age are encouraged to develop their fine motor skills by many activities, from simple mark making and creating various shaped marks to adult-guided activities such as threading, weaving, sewing.
When using a crayon or just moving a finger on a steamed up window or through spilt tomato sauce, children ‘practice’ the essential skills needed to hold and manipulate a pen and to become confident writers.
Our Growing Writers Programme nourishes the inspiration and desire to write, exploring the connection between written and spoken word through play and communication. Parents are given tips and ideas that they can take home to support their child’s learning and we want to share with you some:
- Triangular shaped pencils and felt-tip pens are best for helping children’s early mark making and writing. The three sides naturally help small fingers assume an appropriate grip and making drawing a more comfortable experiences. These can be purchased in most good stationary and toy shops.
- Always sit beside your children when they are writing. This way, they will not see letter formation upside down or sideways.
- Writing down things that your child says will help them understand that what they say can be written down and understood by someone else.
Activities for you and your child at to try at home
- Finger painting, and writing in dry sand are good activities for developing motor skills and visual perception, helping your child to coordinate their hand movements and fine motor skills.
Painting their names with water on pavements or bricks is a great activity for young children, helping to develop their gross motor skills and also define their movements as they see the concrete changing from light to dark. This activity is very simple – it only requires water, a bucket and a large brush.