TIP OF THE MONTH
Fine motor skills are very important to handwriting activities. Development of the small muscles in the hand is enhanced through play activities such as building with Legos, stringing beads, manipulating puzzle pieces, painting and coloring activities. A pinch grasp, using the index finger and thumb, to pick up, manipulate and stabilize objects is a basic precursor to handwriting. Using short or broken crayons will strongly encourage a proper grasp. Demonstration and verbal prompts help to reinforce good habits!