School & Education

Pre-Word Skills

  • Levels and Examples
    • 1st Level - Using the 4 boxes in a horizontal line, have child put a  sticker in each box. This gets the child used to going from left to right and spacing.
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    • 2nd Level – Using the 4 boxes in a horizontal line, have the child draw a shape like a circle or a + in each box. This gets the child used to going from left to right, spacing and lifting pencil to end one letter to start another letter in a word.
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    • 3rd Level – Using 8 boxes in 2 horizontal lines of 4, have the child draw a shape like a circle or a + in each box of the first line. Next have the child do the next row of boxes the same moving left to right. This helps the mind/hand connection of sequencing to start writing beginner words that are usually 3-4 letters. You are now using two rows, because when writing the child needs to understand that the words for a sentence will
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  • Sample practice sheets to print

Pre Writing Skills

  • Levels and Examples
    • 1st Level - Drawing horizontal lines
    • 2nd Level - Drawing vertical lines
    • 3rd Level – Drawing intersecting lines
    • 4th Level - Drawing diagonal (oblique) lines
  • Suggestions
    • Use favorite stickers on paper to start at point A to get to point B
    • Use a greeting card program with pictures to make your own worksheets using pictures for point A & B to save and print whenever needed
    • Tap your finger on point A to start and tap cue your finger on point B stating “draw from here (point A) to here (point B)” or “start here (point A) and end here (point B)”
    • Start showing your child the first level at age 2.  It is never too early to model (show) your child how to accomplish a skill even though they may not be able to draw purposeful lines.
  • Sample practice sheets to print. (Sheets should be printed in landscape orientation.)

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