Incentives

 

Children with poor graphomotor skills cannot produce proper shapes when they have to perform writing movements more

quickly. This means that, whenever these children are required to write fast, their handwriting deteriorates tremendously: Their letters become illegible and the number of spelling errors increases. However, engaging in intensive training sessions to practise letters and words would do more harm than good, as this might give rise to even more cramping, increased learning disabilities as well as a lack of concentration. Much more beneficial to these kids is practising important movement sequences such as changes in direction with their hands and fingers tracing large patterns in the air, on a piece of paper or in the sand.

 
 

The more incentives children are given to engage in basic drawing activities, the easier it may be for them to master the task

of learning to write. For this reason, children experiencing handwriting problems due to poor motor skills must be given incentives for practising their gross and fine motor skills. Exercises encouraging children to practise wavy lines with sweeping pencil movements are the best way to prepare your children for pre-school and their first year of school. Only paying attention to correct letter shapes and spelling would not be conducive. Simply let them practise movements with their own hands by tracing lines/shapes in the air, on another child’s back, on the table or on the floor with their feet – with eyes open and closed.