I think many parents out there are mistaken that the key to good handwriting is more writing. On the contrary, there are a lot of skills required before a child is able to write well. When I attended the workshop conducted by C’s intervention school, I got to learn that we need five components of sensory system to assist in handwriting. They are tactile (touch), Proprioceptive (Body awareness), Auditory (Hearing), Vestibular (Balance and movement) and Visual (Seeing).
To assist C in building these skills I try to do mummy’s OT. I am not trained in this area but some activities are done based on my own instinct as a mother or educator, others are from sites, workshops and parents.
Below are a few activities I have done with C over the years to help with his acquisition of these skills:
I am not a firm believer in following certain methods or pedagogy strictly. I think our children are the key to the approaches and methods we should use in teaching them. In thinking of all these activities, I always think of fun and laughter as well. I think kids should enjoy what they are doing. While there are certain things we have to be firm, note I use the word firm, not strict, I think being overly rigid actually defeats the teaching and learning.
If you’re in a bad mood that day, consider postponing the activity to another. And before seeing your child either in the morning or after work, remember to take a deep breathe, close your eyes, open them, smile to your child and say a big hullo!
Kids are sensitive beings, they know when we are unhappy, thus, no matter how we feel, let’s start our day or end our day with them with a happy smile or hullo. It makes our day different, and it will make theirs too!