Puzzles, Parquetry, and Pre Writing?

What do puzzles and parquetry blocks have in common?

A child needs the ability to:

  • —  Move the pieces (fine motor)
  • —  Mentally or visually break down (visualization) space: part to whole or vice versa
    (which are you?)
  • —  Visually discriminate shape and space (visual discrimination)  or
  • —  Match “like” shapes/letters with the space
  • —  Turn an object (block or piece) in space for placement (position in space)

Let’s add several of the components of writing a letter and see if there are overlaps with the above:

  1. Verbal label: name or sound

2.    Visualization of the symbol

3.   Spatial awareness: visual and body

a. Shape of letter

b. Parts of letter: size of each part

c. Part to whole perception or vice versa                                             

d. Directionality:  right, left, top, bottom, round, half circle, etc

4. Visual memory of each part  and whole

5. Sensory and motor skills to move the pencil

Could it be that skills developed with puzzles and parquetry blocks provide foundational developmental  skills for writing letters?  Shall we explore that possibility?



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