Better Handwriting Day 2: Pencil Practice
Getting Comfortable with Shapes
We are going to retread some basics by drawing simple shapes.
Drawing shapes is great precursor to writing without the stress of letter shapes or words. The physical steps of drawing shapes repeated will greatly help your children developmentally. Going through a repetitive step such as drawing shapes will reinforce the process and the muscle memory. It also helps develop pencil control.
Today’s Download: Circles and Squares
Notice the first line reminds kids to start drawing the shapes at the top. Children begin drawing shapes and letters at a variety of different places, usually at the bottom. But, this is inefficient and slow when they begin having to write longer sentences. The easiest and most efficient way to write letters is to start at the top. By practicing starting their shapes at the top children get into a habit that easily translates to letter writing. As they start drawing the circles and squares, they will use the dot at top to remind them where to start their shapes.
Notice the lines get narrower as they go along as well – this is an easy way to practice adjusting size of shapes or letters to match the line space they are writing on and, get used to writing between different sized lines.
Remember to have your child:
- Hold a good #2 pencil and eraser with the appropriate grip
- Start at the top, where the dots are
- Fill each row with the appropriate size circle or square.
- Complete both pages
Keep it light.