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When I started actually working on "school" work with the kids this year,
I was surprised to see how Gillian was struggling with her pencil.
I got her a cool grippy finger positioner.
And, I thought tracing letters would be with her pencil would be no problem.
Even though she is a super smart kid (she is, really, I am not bias),
writing isn't something that just "came naturally".
I was too optimistic.
(Or maybe I was too lazy - thinking I wouldn't have to actually teach!)
I realized I needed to stop & do a rewind.
So, we made a salt box.
In saying I "made" a salt box,
all that means is I bought a document box at Walmart for $5
& 3 canisters of $0.38 table salt.
I poured the salt in the box.
Check out these Montessori links on early penmanship.
Here a teacher talks about sandpaper letter tracing & a sand box.
(I think the sand box & salt box idea are pretty much the same thing.)
Here's a word to teachers on dealing with struggling penmanship.
There are ideas to help train fine muscle control & teach early letter formation.
The salt box has been fun. I think it is making a difference.
Plus, Gillian loves salt. So, she likes to lick her fingers afterward.
Something I am still trying to figure out for her is her "handedness".
She has always used both hands interchangeably.
We are watching & asking her how it feels,
after she uses her right & her left.
We're not sure yet, but we think she leans towards the left.