6 Principles for Fine Motor Activities: #4

4.Start with body, move to 3 D, move to paper

 As we have talked about before, your child needs to be secure by positioning either with the right sized furniture or with good posture before he is able to reach out effectively with his hands.  Each hand needs to be able to move from the left side of the body to the right side of the body. This is called crossing the body’s midline.  A child needs to be able to do so to help establish a hand dominance between ages 4 and 6, place a block diagonally for a “door” in a house, draw a diagonal, and last make a letter with a diagonal in it.  Can you see the progression?  Crossing midline with hands (body), building with blocks ( 3 D objects), and finally drawing and writing (to paper)!!!! Encourage lots of outside play!

P.S. Spatial terms are also  learned with the body first, then in play with blocks and toys and then transferred to paper. Choose a spatial term such as “beside”.  Teach it with body movements, then in play with toys and finally with a worksheet.

Next week we will look at principle #5:“Begin at the edge of the Familiar”


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