6. Can the student place the letters appropriately on writing lines? Letters need to be placed on the line, between the lines, and extend below the lines.  Make sure your child understands the spatial concepts of “on, between, below”. If teaching a new letter, do not worry about where it goes on lines until the formation is automatic (child does not have to think about it). If your child knows his letters but still having trouble ask the following questions:

a. Does adjusting the width of the lines or the color of the lines help?  When you had your child write with his eyes closed in last week’s blog, did you notice how big or how small the letters were? If you were to place those letters inside lines, this would be the ideal width between lines that your child needs. You can make your own paper using this width and see if it helps with his legibility. Does paper with raised lines help? Raised lined paper makes the pencil “bump” when touching the top line or going over the bottom line.  It gives extra feedback to the fingers when writing.  It can be purchased on line.
b. Does using visual clues on the page such as highlighting the “ditch” (bottom area where the lower case j,g,y,p,q extend into) help? Some children with visual perceptual weaknesses need the lines highlighted to be able to see where to write the letters.  Often highlighting the “ditch” helps visually separate the lines.  If your child pulls away from the left margin of the paper, try highlighting the margin.  If this does not help, move the paper into his right body space (to the right of his nose) and see if that helps.



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Alphabet Soup: Fun Activities to Stir Your Child's Interest in Letters by Lyn Armstrong O.T.R


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