Handwriting Skills for Pre-K and K Students
Using Handwriting Without Tears
Olsen, a Maryland occupational therapist and educator, is the
author of Handwriting
Without Tears, the easy way to teach pre-printing,
printing and cursive. She is
an occupational therapist and handwriting specialist with more than 30 years of experience helping children and training teachers and therapists.
She spoke at
Talk About Reading,” a conference on reading held
March 27-28, 2006, at SMU.
common mistakes in teaching handwriting?
think that handwriting and reading start with the lower case
letters. That is wrong. Think of capital letters like you
think of a crawling baby, a baby has to crawl before she
walks. A child needs time to learn the capital letters. They
are doomed in school if they don’t learn the capital letters.
Children also need to learn vertical lines first, then
When is a
child ready to use a pencil?
When do you
want to give a child a sharp pointed stick? The best way to
improve fine motor skills and to develop the correct pencil
grip is to give children opportunities to eat a lot of finger
foods between birth and age three.
the best way to teach handwriting?
teach children to tie their shoes, we show them. Writing is
the trace left by motion. So the best way to teach children to
write is with lots of motion. And children like to move
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