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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Handwriting As it Comes

Many teachers and moms have testified that little boys just don't do as well with handwriting as girls do and they pretty much reject handwriting til they are almost in 4th grade. So this is true of my son, Timmy who is now 8 years old. We never made a big issue about it, because we didn't want him to resent doing handwriting. The traditional copy work just doesn't work for him, but we discovered something that DOES work for him and we're thrilled at the progress he has made!

We found this dry erase tablet at Walmart. The dry erase markers and slick writing tablet makes it easier for him to navigate his hand for the formation of letters and is easier to erase when he makes a mistake. He used to get so frustrated with having to erase so much before.

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In addition to this, we have him using these Twistable Crayola Crayons, which are roughly the size of a pencil.

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Another way to help kids develop hand muscles for using writing utensils is cutting geometric shapes, so don't let craft time slip through your schedule. It's quite beneficial to them developing the hand coordination needed for letter and number formation.

As Timmy sat down to do his math the other day, he was doing so well with the pencil and when he made a mistake, he simply erased and started over without any frustration at all. I think the dry erase tablet helped to give him the confidence he needed to know he could really do it. I'm so thrilled!

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