My Special Needs Network

A network to share best practices for children with special needs

Pre-Writing Activities For A 4 Year-Old

My child's private day school called and asked about a recommendation to improve the Pre-K children's fine motor and writing skills. They clarified that many of the children do not hold a pencil before Kindergarten and they want to work on pre-writing skills. 

 

My first thought was that children growing up nowadays have a different exposure to meeting developmental milestones than we did when we were growing up. For example, we used to tie our shoes by 4 years old because we had laces on them, but nowadays most children's shoes are "lace-free" and therefore many children don't learn to lace until they are 7 or even 8. One would think all of the video-gaming and i-touching (ipod, ipad) would help them improve their fine motor skills, but we have no proof that supports this. In the meantime, it is important to go
back to the basics  and work on basic fine motor skills such as zipping, buttoning, shoe-tying, scissors, buckling, and manipulating small objects.

 

In terms of introducing and/or enhancing pre-writing skills, it is important that they are actually practicing pre-writing. This means getting pencils, crayons, and markers into the hands of kids and having them practice these "pre-writing" movements. You can have kids manipulate as much play-dough, zip 100's of buttons and play with small knobby products, but until they actually practice writing movements, they will not have the practice they need to begin actual writing. So, what should 4 year-old children be practicing at this age? They should be copying or making shapes such as circles, squares, and lines. They should be given time to doodle with different types of writing instruments and on different surfaces (some that glide easier versus others). Once they master some of these basic skills, they can practice keeping their writing in-between the lines such as in a maze.  One of my favorite tools is called Hi-Write which has specifically designed activities for pre-writing.

 

Share your pre-writing activities in the comment section below.

 

 

Views: 1077

Comment

You need to be a member of My Special Needs Network to add comments!

Join My Special Needs Network

Connect With Us

Check Out Our Products!

Latest Activity

amy fontaine liked Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Sensory Processing and the Teenager: Helping Teachers, Caregivers and Teens Understand Sensory Needs
Tuesday
Profile Iconamy fontaine, Megan Paterson-Brown, CherylRankin and 2 more joined My Special Needs Network
Monday
Betsy Rumplik liked Diana Ashby Henry's blog post ADHD Awareness Month: Can ADHD mask sensory processing challenges?
Sunday
Macarena Gana is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Sep 25
Cecilia Cruse posted blog posts
Sep 24
Carrie-Anne Irby liked Cecilia Cruse's blog post Preparing Your Classroom: A Few Things Your Student with Special Needs Wishes You Knew!
Sep 19
Carrie-Anne Irby is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Sep 16
Nancy Venable Simons is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Sep 15
Leah Stein is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Sep 12
Monica D. Ramirez is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Sep 9
Diana Ashby Henry posted a blog post
Sep 8
Rosemary Casey is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Sep 3
Cecilia Cruse posted a blog post
Sep 2
Diana Ashby Henry commented on Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Sensory Processing and the Teenager: Helping Teachers, Caregivers and Teens Understand Sensory Needs
Aug 31
Cheryl Stewart Domino is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Aug 25
Diana Ashby Henry commented on Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Sensory Processing and the Teenager: Helping Teachers, Caregivers and Teens Understand Sensory Needs
Aug 21
Diana Ashby Henry liked Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Sensory Processing and the Teenager: Helping Teachers, Caregivers and Teens Understand Sensory Needs
Aug 21
Sylvia Esquivel is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Aug 21
Diana Ashby Henry posted a blog post
Aug 18
Profile IconBrenda Johnson, Raben Andrews and Julie Milosevich joined My Special Needs Network
Aug 18

© 2014   Created by School Specialty Special Needs.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

x$('.xg_widget_profiles_blog_list .xg_span-16 .xg_module:nth-child(4) li').each(function(index) { if (index > 9) x$(this).remove() });