If your child has difficulty writing the letters in her or his name, try going from gross motor movements to the finer motions of holding a pencil:

  1. Write each letter in large print in chalk on a sidewalk. Ask your child to point a toe and trace each letter. (This requires balance, too.)
  2. Practice “sky writing”, like an airplane. Ask your child to “write” each letter with an index finger in the air—large, then smaller—while looking at it in print.
  3. Ask your child to “write” each letter with a finger in sand.
  4. Practice the letters using markers. Use a different color for each letter.
  5. Practice the letters using a pencil.


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