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Preschool Writing Activities – Fun Ways to Teach Your Child to Write

Here’s an article from a homeschool mom that I thought our preschool parents would find helpful.  Enjoy!


Preschool Writing Activities – Fun Ways to Teach Your Child to Write

By http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Carletta_Sanders Carletta Sanders


Put down those boring worksheets!  The best way to teach your preschooler to write is to use simple preschool writing activities that make learning fun.  To be ready for kindergarten, your child needs to know how to cut and paste, copy simple shapes, trace vertical and horizontal lines, trace his or her name, and hold crayons, pencils and scissors correctly.


The first step to teaching the above is strengthening the small muscles in the hands and wrists that are used in handwriting.  This process is often referred to as building fine motor skills.  You can encourage fine motor development by having your child use art supplies like crayons, paints, markers, glue and scissors.  Lacing activities, stringing beads and cheerios, playing with playdoh, scooping sand or rice, and activities like pouring and stirring are also great fine motor activities.


When you feel your child is physically ready to write, have your child use a stick or finger to draw in sand, rice, pudding, shaving cream, paint or oatmeal.  Make simple lines and shapes and ask your child to copy them.  Next, let your child practice writing on a dry erase board, chalk board or Magnadoodle.  Preschoolers also tend to have fun with special crayons and markers designed for use on windows and in the tub.  Take care not to rush this process.  Let your child move through these stages at his or her own pace.


When your child is ready, move on to pencil and paper.  Build confidence by letting your preschooler trace simple lines and shapes, then proceed to letters.  You can eventually teach your child to write his name by letting him trace or copy it daily.  If your child needs help remembering how to spell her name, practice with fridge magnets, letter tiles or alphabet blocks.


Keep preschool writing activities relaxed and fun.  Don’t expect or require perfection.  Learning to write is a fun process that will give your preschooler a boost in confidence and solid foundation for future studies.


Here are some additional http://www.successful-homeschooling.com/preschool-writing-activity.html  preschool writing activities.


Carletta Sanders is a homeschool mom of 3. For more information about teaching preschoolers, visit the http://www.successful-homeschooling.com/homeschooling-preschool.html homeschool preschool section of her website, Successful Homeschooling.


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Welcome to the first blog post of Academic Connections Tutoring–more easily referred to as ACT!  I’m Donna Duffy.  Along with my business partner, Pat Howes, we do our best to help parents finding great tutors to help their children through their academic struggles, challenges and issues.  We also help tutors find great kids who need their expertise and help in getting back on track.  We offer one-on-one tutoring in the home or library in the Delaware and Maryland areas as well as online tutoring– from just about anywhere –that engages a child’s love of technology.  Things are going well and we are just about to celebrate our 2nd anniversary in business!

So here is where we’ll share our thoughts and concerns in the area of education and how to help our kids think, learn and succeed.  As moms and educators, we know the challenges that parents and their kids face.  We have certainly have had our share and know that we are among friends.  That is why it’s so important for us to connect with our tutoring and homeschooling families firsthand.  We want to answer your questions and concerns, help you make the best choices for your kids and point you in the direction that will best accommodate your child’s current educational needs.  We look forward to the journey together and trust that along the way we will learn from one another.