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Help with handwriting

My almost five year old daughter is working on writing her name and alphabet in preschool. They sent home some practice sheets for us to work with her. I noticed that she write very lightly. is there anything that she can do to help this? Does anyone have any suggestions to help her gain more fine motor stength?
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CSJMommy3

Asked by CSJMommy3 at 9:59 PM on Sep. 15, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Is she holding her pencil correctly? That can help a lot.
    ldsdragonmom

    Answer by ldsdragonmom at 10:04 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Bead work (large beads and shoe string), gluing noodles to make a picture and peg boards all develop fine motor skills.
    an-apple-a-day

    Answer by an-apple-a-day at 10:04 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Do some finger strengthening activities. Play doh is a great one. It will also "warm up" her fingers, so squeeze and pinch and then practice her handwriting. If you're really worried about it, ask for an OT (occupational therapy) evaluation. They will look to see if she has strength, prehension, or sensory issues that would cause this. The earlier they address it, the easier it will be to resolve it. Good luck!
    JawgaMom1

    Answer by JawgaMom1 at 10:05 PM on Sep. 15, 2010

  • Practice is all I can think of. She is unsure? The more she does it, the better she'll feel. Get her a different book from her school book to do it in~ maybe she'll feel less pressure.
    mp3mom

    Answer by mp3mom at 1:03 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • Have her pick up beads or make her pick up things holding a tweezers
    soccerfanatic14

    Answer by soccerfanatic14 at 1:37 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

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