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    By Michelle

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    Those handwriting lessons do get long! My favorite way of keeping up the interest is to use art. There is an excellent book called Draw Then Write from the Evan-Moore company. You lead the kids through a simple lesson on drawing which is excellent for developing fine motor skills. Then, you write about your picture which gives you the opportunity to do your handwriting. I like to let the kids dictate then copy. When I use HWT, I usually have the kids do their drawing on a blank sheet of paper and then do the writing on the HWT paper instead of using the actual worksheets with the kids. This makes a great Friday reward activity!

    I also highly recommend using things other than pencil and paper. Cheap, crumbly chalk on chalkboards and crayons on cheap, rough construction paper give more tactile feed back than markers on a white board. I purchase all of the above at Walmart.

    You might also want to ask your principal if a consultation with the occupational therapist could be arranged. He/she can easily give you some suggestions on setting up a fine motor kit for each child to use as a warm-up before handwriting each day. For example: nuts and bolts to screw/unscrew, small erasers for thumping, thera-putty for hand strength, pop-beads for hand strength, sunflower seeds to pick up and line up on a sheet of paper, etc.

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