6 Principles for Fine Motor Activities: #3

3. Start with larger and work toward smaller 

To help us remember new motor movements our rotational joints like our shoulder joints and larger muscles have better “motor memory”.   This especially applies when you are practicing writing with your child.  Practice a letter with large movements until you are sure the child can make the letter correctly.  Then move to marker and paper to practice the letter. 

 Remember your child needs to feel secure with his body before reaching out with his hands.  Use larger activities to strengthen his whole body and provide the correct furniture to make him feel secure when he sits to work with his hands. Then pull out the fine motor activities.

Next week we will look at principle #4: Start with body, move to 3 D, move to paper


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