Zander loves to do “Handwriting”. At this age, I call coloring-crayons, markers, chalk and drawing, writing…all handwriting. It is working out his fine motor skills to prepare him for writing letters, then words, then sentences and so forth. Another activity we have done, is playdough or moon sand or even clay. These help with the fine motors skills for handwriting and cutting.
I try to make sure he does some sort of handwriting every day. I rarely have to encourage this as he takes it on his self to draw and write. He even is sounding out 3 or 4 letter words, writing the letters and asking what did he spell. I love that he likes to draw and write so I bought him a sketchbook and he has so enjoyed it that I will soon have to buy a 3rd one. Which I don’t mind as it now keeps him out my printing paper and keeps his art in one place.
Two times a week I do more of a formal handwriting lesson. I have been using “a reason for Handwriting” Kindergarten.
One side of a page is a letter to learn and practice writing. On the other side, is a picture of something that starts with the letter being taught.
He loves it! He would do a page every day if I let him. We only have one page left of the book as we are ending “the preschool year” soon.
I just wanted to share his love for handwriting and also how he has developed. I remember those first marks that are now becoming words. And I remember giving him a piece of paper to color and barely having anything on the sheet. Recently he did the letter “R” and colored the following..I was so impressed. He was so determined to color the whole page and “make it beautiful” as he said. He asked me to take a picture. He was so proud of himself.
Once, Zander made a picture with crayons on a piece of paper and then he transposed it and made the same picture on the computer. Dale and I were both very impressed!
Its hard to see but he even has the colors are correct and the smaller circle with a line it. Its very faint but all there.
Here are some photos of some of his other things he has completed that I just wanted to share and of course look back on in a few years to enjoy.