Something I dropped the ball on, time to make up for it now…

One thing I really dropped the ball on when it comes to educating my son early at home was pencil work. He never cared for coloring or crayons, so I never offered it to him much. Then when we were working with his ABA staff we realized that his drawing/tracing/printing skills were lacking. SO this is one area we have been working very hard at, and things are getting better. His occupational therapist isn’t concern as long as we keep practicing everyday. She figures we will get the skills, and the reason he doesn’t have then yet is not because of motor skill problems, just because we never excerised this before.
So what do we do for practice?
I got a few of those cheap dollarstore workbooks, you know the ones I’m talking about. They coming with different characters to interest the child(Pooh, Bob the Builder,etc) I removed them from there binding and I give him a worksheet. Its less overwhelming and distracting¬†for him then if I were to give him the whole book.
Hooked on Handwriting- Learn to PrintHooked on Handwriting- Learn to Print– Like I’ve mentioned in other entries we are just finishing up Hooked on Handwriting. He seems to be enjoying this one. We do a lesson or two a day depending on what he is up to

I bought this set of wooden stencils from a lady on Kijiji. We used them for the first time today. He seemed to really like them. I figure whatever can get him more interested in write/coloring.
What do you do with your children to work on this type of motor skill?

 

2 thoughts on “Something I dropped the ball on, time to make up for it now…

  1. I have to say that Anna is very advanced in certain areas, but is not a big fan of fine motor activities, especially tracing. She just doesn’t really apply herself when she does that and appears entirely bored. I don’t think that it’s a matter of fine motor delay, because she can draw OK and even write letters in those rare moments when she applies herself, but she lacks confidence and motivation. I tried different things top get her started – various writing instruments, Kumon books, other workbooks – still nothing. So I am just biding my time – based on my prior experiences with her she will do it only when she feels that she is ready.

  2. Montessori has lots of activities that are fine motor skills based but the child isn’t aware of it…it’s more like games to the child. Anything that involves the pincher grasp is good as well as scribbling/drawing. We used picture frames to trace and JC loved those and did it numerous times on her own. Beads are also good for fine motor development. Mazes are good too if your child likes mazes. I try not to do too many programmed activities where she has to follow the book to the tee. Those can be frustrating if the child is not ready. Using tweezers to pick up objects is also a good fine motor activity.

    As for Reading Eggs, we dropped it because we started having technical problems half way through the program. It was a pain to get it to work so I asked for a refund. It’s one of those things you never know if you are going to have problems with until you get there. I thought the program was very good but JC would have been finished with level 10 within only a month or so it wasn’t worth signing up for a year. JC loved playing the games but I am not sure if she learned much from it (after passing the beginning stage) because she started to read at a higher level than the program offered. I would recommend it for struggling readers who need something extra to get them motivated.

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