Prewriting Skills

Knowing top/bottom, left/right) as well as being able to draw vertical, horizontal, curved, and diagonal lines are important prewriting skills needed in order for children to learn to form letters correctly.

Therefore, we begin with fun, engaging activities that use the whole body to teach these skills. The themes of these activities are zookeepers who are performing chores around the zoo in order to take care of the zoo animals.

For example, we teach children how to make a vertical line by having the children pretend they are taking zoo equipment from a shelf and placing it in a wagon.

Animal Letters

Our animal letters are what make Paw Prints truly unique! Every letter of the alphabet is represented by an animal whose name begins with that letter (Ben the Bear for letter B).blue_b

The body of that animal was carefully designed to look like its letter!

What is the point of using an animal image? First and foremost, children love animals! Second, saying to a child “Draw a little curve to make the bears head, and a big curve to make the bears belly” is much easier for a child to understand then saying, “Make a small and big curve.” It also makes it easier for a child to remember the instructions in the future because they will remember the cute animal they learned about and were able to draw!

Have you ever child write a letter and wonder how in the world they came up with such a round about way of doing it? We created a list of common mistakes to look for because we believe correcting these mistakes early on before they become a habit is important for learning correct letter formation.

 

Animal Stories

Each animal letter also has its own story filled with words beginning with that letter to teach letter sounds, as well as to get children excited about learning letters.

B Story Excerpt

One day, Ben the blue bear was blowing bubbles in his backyard. Suddenly he heard a buzz and saw his friend, Buzzy the bee, bursting his bubbles with his big stinger! Ben blew as fast as he could to see how many bubbles Buzzy could burst. When Ben was out of breath, Buzzy asked if he wanted to rest and make beaded bracelets. Ben made a beautiful bracelet for his brother.

 

Daily Activities

We understand the pressure parents are under to come up with fun activities for their children to do at home to build on educational skills. Have no fear! Paw Prints is packed with activities that do just that!

For every letter of the alphabet we have come up with five activities that provide some type of sensory stimulation while working on skills needed to write letters such as fine motor skills.

To make it even easier, for each activity we:

  • List the supplies needed (most that can be found around the house).
  • Provide easy instructions on how to complete the activity.
  • List the senses and skills the activity is working on.
  • Explain how that activity can be adapted based on the child’s skill level.

Check out some of our activities below!

Playing in shaving cream provides tactile stimulation.

Manipulating and gluing the Cheerios provides tactile stimulation and increases fine motor skills. This activity reinforces the formation of the letter O.

Playing in the rice/beans provides tactile stimulation.

This activity teaches lacing and improves fine motor skills and bilateral coordination.

Squeezing the glitter glue pens increases fine motor skills and strengthens the hands.

Manipulating the textured squares and gluing provides tactile stimulation. This activity reinforces formation of the letter

Manipulating the clothespins increases fine motor skills.

Playing in shaving cream provides tactile stimulation.

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