September 6, 2019 0

Handwriting stages of development explained for parents

Handwriting stages of development explained for parents


So what we’re working on here is distal control
of the muscles, so you’re getting the pre-requisite that you need for doing letter formation and
what we’re doing is encouraging the muscles to work much more in a separated way, which
you need for efficient grip as you get older. And what’s really good is if you can encourage
them to anti-clockwise, because that forms the basis for your ‘c’ shaped letters like
c, a, g, d, q and o. Four to five – obviously the younger they
are the bigger you will make the circles. Ok, so what we’ve got here is: when you draw
and x or a kiss you want to be able to cross midline, and when you can cross midline then
you’re developmentally ready to your writing. But here we’ve got a lot of vertical crosses,
which means they’re not quite ready, but you wouldn’t expect on average, crossing midline
until about four years eleven months. These children are not yet four, or very nearly
four, but as you can see they’re not developed enough to perform a diagonal cross. Once they’re
a little bit older they will develop this facility; so even though they can see it,
they can’t actually reproduce it, and this is one of the main sets of lines which children
need to be able to form in order to be able to write. By six or seven children will have refined
the circling so they can circle anti-clockwise, which is the first movement for all the letters
which start with a ‘c’. Boys, can you now start a new line and draw
‘o’s circling to the left, like a ‘c’, but closing them. So you circle like a ‘c’ and
close them to make an ‘o’. Excellent. Now can you start a new line and write the letter
‘a’, so you start like a ‘c’ and turn it into an ‘a’. And on the next line, the letter ‘g’.
Start like a ‘c’ and create a ‘g’.

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