Great article on the growing number of students who are struggling with handwriting because they have difficulty with fine motor skills. The push for academics also plays a role in this. This is the main reason I created the "Ready to Write with Ms. Rose" workshop.
Here were some recommendations from the article:
AT-HOME SKILLS BUILDING
Some skills critical for kindergarten readiness are simple to build at home. Try incorporating these activities into the daily routine:
• Work on tummy time.
This should start in infancy, but older kids can be encouraged to read or work on puzzles while lying on the floor.
• Raid the pantry.
Kitchen experiments like flour-based dough or homemade putty strengthen muscles in the hands and fingers.
Making bracelets by threading open-ended pasta, cereal loops or beads onto pipe cleaners.
• Play dress up.
Practice putting on coats and gloves, zipping up, snapping, buttoning and tying shoes.
• Play with scissors (with supervision).
An array of safety scissors are available for preschoolers, including some designed without metal edges that can cut only paper.
• Color in the lines.
Squeeze glitter glue over a line, fill in shapes with paint or use small, circular strokes to color an image.
Read the full article here.