homeschooling, fine motor skills, reluctant writers
Do you have a reluctant writer?
Oh, I do, I DO!
And by reluctant writer I mean anything that involves picking up a writing implement.
Here are a few sneaky ideas that I have used to get my son to pick up a pen/pencil/other tool and improve his fine motor skills. Keeping in mind that the kids can type like a professional, I still want him to be able to write his name without being embarrassed by it.
- Keep score when we are playing games.
- Creating characters for upcoming games.
- Writing the shopping list or chore list
- Using tweezers.
- Crosswords and Word Finds
- Sketching on graph paper
- Draw over grey-lines pictures (see below for example)
- Sending postcards to family members and distant friends.
- Writing a menu for dinner
- Writing personal poetry or favorite poems out of books
- Extremely silly writing prompts
- Coloring mandalas
- Writing on Post-it@ notes or index cards
- Writing creative and new answers to old jokes
- Write short lists (5 movies I want to see, 5 of my favorite dinners)
- Sentence expansion.
He adds to it: John is a blond boy.
I add to it: John is an active, blond boy.
He adds to it: John is an active, blond boy who is hungry.
I add to it: and so on.
- We do writing prompts together.
We both sit and write for 3-5 minutes,
then read answers aloud.
I have books full of writing prompts.
The point is that this child does not like to pick up a pencil because he feels incredibly inadequate with handwriting. I make it a point to not correct (much) or editorialize (much) on what he has done. He actually enjoys the pages where I include a grey outline image and he draws over it, working on making long, comfortable lines.
Maybe it's shocking sounding that his handwriting is as bad as it is, but he can write a nice paragraph or two on the computer, so I'm OK with it at this point.
Do you any any other ideas, sneaky ones!, for getting a kid to pick up a pencil and actually use it?
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Here's an example of the coloring sheet
that I print out and have him write over the lines...
Don't judge me!