Handwriting: Why we should focus more on letter size than letter formation

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Welcome to Part Two of Dr. Beverly Moskowitz's two-part series on handwriting. Earlier this week, Dr. Moskowitz provided a compelling post on why we still need to teach handwriting (even in this age of technology), how occupational therapists typically work on handwriting, and why we may need to re-think that approach. Read the post from ...

Handwriting: Should we still teach it?

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I am honored to welcome guest blogger, Dr. Beverly Moskowitz! Bev is an occupational therapist, expert in the field of school-based practice, and creator of a relatively new (and very exciting!) approach to handwriting. I had the unique opportunity to interview Bev, and she had some profound insights to share about the role that handwriting ...

Handwriting Without Tears for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners: A Review, a Giveaway, and a Discount!

Tips for teaching Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to write. Plus a review, giveaway, and special discount!

Do you dread the day when you will have to teach your child to write? Have you ever found yourself hating each time you have to embark on writing instruction in your classroom? Do you wish there was an easier, more fun way to teach kids to write and really make it stick? Meet "Handwriting Without ...

Do We Need to Worry About Touch Screen Babies?

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Occupational therapist Katherine Collmer, author of the blog Handwriting with Katherine, is here today to share her insights on the latest findings and recommendations related to "touch screen babies". She has some powerful information to share, plus tips for how we can enhance our children's learning experiences without giving up the latest technology! . . . . . I ...

Tips for Teaching Left Handed Children to Write

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, I work with kids on handwriting all the time. I have found that people are often intimidated or confused about how to teach left handed children to write. To be honest, there really isn't that much difference between teaching right-handed and left-handed children to write, though there are a few ...

30 Fun Multisensory Writing Activities

30 fun multisensory writing activities! ~ Mama OT

Multisensory play and learning is all the rage right now in early childhood circles. But the truth is, occupational therapists have known for a long time that kids are more likely to learn and retain information when they engage with materials using a variety of senses! Mutlisensory learning is helpful for ALL children because all kids ...

Handwriting mastery begins before the introduction of a pencil!

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Please welcome Mama OT's newest guest blogger, Katherine Collmer! Katherine is an occupational therapist and blogger who is passionate and knowledgeable about everything handwriting. She is here today to talk about the important yet often overlooked foundations of handwriting that are learned through play from the day a child is born. These foundations set children ...

iPad app for Visual Skills and Letter Reversals: “LetterReflex”

LetterReflex: app for helping kids who struggle with letter reversals

If you are raising or working with a child who frequently reverses letters, numbers, or words when writing, then the LetterReflex iPad app may be for you. (It is also available for iPhone, but I would recommend using it on a larger screen due to the nature of the games). I was recently asked to review ...

3 tricks to help kids learn to hold their pencil correctly

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Pencil grip is one of those things that is really hard to re-teach if kids initially learn it incorrectly. Though every child will end up settling on a pencil grip that works best for him or her, introducing the standard "tripod" grasp (pinching with thumb and index finger while resting on middle finger) is a ...