My son had fine and gross motor problems and went to an OT for YEARS! I mean up until his Junior year in high school. When you have a child that has trouble writing and can’t keep up with the others with his work, you feel the frustration and bitterness too. When he was little, I made his writing practice materials myself because he needed more time for practice and we did work on it at home.
In schools, 10 minutes a day is tyically spent on handwriting activities. At that time, there really wasn’ t much available for practice but that has changed. The Writing Fundamentals by Mead are a fantastic set of materials that a teacher and/or parent can use with ease and that children will find fun, entertaining and very doable.
Their Writing Fundamentals package features 4 stages of development beginning with fine motor, letter formation, primary writing and writing fluency. Within each stage are multiple workbooks and activities that are bright, visually interesting and will provide lots of practice for your child learning how to use those fine motor skills. I wish I had these tools when my son was younger. Sigh. There are stencil kits, snip and cutting activities, dot-to-dots, shape work, drawing practice and coloring practice sheets just to name a few of the materials in the series.
A couple of the coolest things are the raised paper items. This raised ruling lined paper has raised blue lines that a child can feel to help them stay in the lines when printing. What a great idea! The other thing I liked was the RediSpace notebook paper. This notebook paper has regular blue lines BUT, within each line are marked spaces to print the letters so that kids can practice having uniform spacing. Why didn’t I think of that?
The series was developed by Toni M. Schulken who is an OT and a mother of five kids herself. She worked on these products to guide parents and teachers on how to best introduce and practice handwriting skills at all of the beginning stages. As a former teacher myself, I would strongly encourage parents with children that might need more practice with their fine motor skills (handwriting) get these materials and sit down and have some fun practicing with your child. Thanks, Mead. (But honestly, where were you when I needed you?)