Handwriting Tips Revisited: 10 Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

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10 Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!

by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L

 

This month, I am sharing a “Summer Handwriting Fun” series chock-full of articles written by myself and other therapy bloggers who have so graciously offered to share their work on my site.  This is the first in our series.  I hope you will find it useful and return to read some more next week!

 

Note:  This original blog was posted on June 2, 2015, as part of the above series.  At that time, I was honored to be a guest blogger on Special-Ism where I’d shared the 10 Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun.  Their site and my article, however, are no longer available.   My article below, “10 Secret Places to Practice Handwriting,” shares interesting options to encourage school-aged children to use their handwriting skills in everyday activities – pairing practice with function.    I think that you will find it useful.

 

Introduction

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Time spent at home on the weekends is an opportunity for children of all ages to spend more time on outdoor play and less time “hitting the books!”  Although learning does not end with the school day or week, desk work becomes less appealing as on option for practicing handwriting.  The neatest thing about handwriting practice, however, is that it does not need to be completed at a desk, or even sitting down!  Let’s explore some fun activities that help children maintain and increase their handwriting mastery skills.

BUT, before we begin our journey, let’s take a look at one important fact:  Handwriting mastery is not accomplished simply by practicing letters over and over to produce a legible word.  That is the final destination.  The road to legibility, however, is paved with many other skills.  To master handwriting skills children need to develop efficient:

  • visual-motor skills – that provide them with accurate and precise eye movements that range from near to far,
  • visual-perceptual skills –  that help them to process visual information,
  • gross-motor skills – that give them strong muscles to maintain their posture, and
  • fine-motor skills – that help them to produce precision movements with their hands.

And functional, everyday writing activities can enhance the development of these skills.

Click on the picture below to read my article, “10 Secret Places to Practice Handwriting.”

 

10 Secret Places to Practice Handwriting by Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L

 

 

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Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, owner, Handwriting With Katherine
Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, owner, Handwriting With Katherine

Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the assessment and remediation of handwriting skills. In her current book, Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists, she shares a comprehensive guide and consistent tool for addressing handwriting development needs. She can be contacted via her website, Handwriting With Katherine.

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Author: otchic

Hi! I am a pediatric occupational therapist with a passion for handwriting! I have dedicated my practice to the assessment and remediation of children's handwriting skills and the education of teachers and therapists in handwriting development and remedial strategies.

4 thoughts on “Handwriting Tips Revisited: 10 Tips for Summer Handwriting Fun!”

  1. great suggestions! Handwringing also requires understanding of spatial terms such as top, bottom, middle, below, above which can be learned through our body movements on the playground equipment! Keep our kids moving!!!

  2. Thank you for this wonderful info. My mistake was that I was to formal in my approach of helping and teaching and correcting his handwriting, instead of experiencing spatial orientatiion in nature. Thanks for opening my eyes. I will defnitely follow your advice/

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