I have a large painted on chalkboard in my OT gym (actually, I have several) and its hands down my favorite thing to use for handwriting development.
On this particular activity, I write a vertical column of letters (usually about 5-6 that the child is working on mastering identification), such as " N, M, X, O and B". I always throw in at least one letter that the child routinely recognizes. Then, I create a "code" around each of the letters. The example above shows a triangle around the M, wavy lines around the X, and so on. Then I write the letters on the left side of the board and have the child "code" each letter correctly, by using the key on the right. They should use the same color of chalk and same shape. A small sponge and spray bottle are available for mistakes and for after activity clean up.
What are some of the skills we are working on with this activity?
About the blogger: Stephanie Wick is a pediatric occupational therapist that founded and is lead O.T. at Learning Charms.
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