Any pre-K or K teachers out there experience fine motor delay with left handed children?
I have a kiddo in my academics based pre-K class (4) whose fine motor (tracing, drawing, writing, activities like gluing beads in the shape of a letter) is at the bottom of the class, but other than that he’s academically mid-to-high. His mom said that her other sons who are lefties were also way behind with their writing, but her right handed child had no difficulty at all. As an ambidextrous person myself, I’m sympathetic to this and wondering if I can facilitate him in some way. Since it’s pre-K, he doesn’t need to be doing anything too extreme with his hands, but he can barely even draw a picture without just scribble-scrabbling, and can’t trace any letters or draw lines or shapes whether with markers, crayons, or jumbo pencils.
If it were up to me, in pre-K, if he weren’t developmentally able to write yet, I’d have him doing other stuff, but my district expects that he should be able to free write numbers, all letters and his first/last name as well as a number of sight words by the end of the school year.
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- nihilistgum answered: there are certain exercises that will strengthen his hands and refine his motor skills (there are a number of great ones available online)
- cloama said: I’m left handed and I remember teaching myself most of my fine motor skills. It is very difficult. With my lefty students, I go back to basics, teaching proper gripping of scissors(elbow up) and pencils. drawing circles and curved, angled lines.
- 62daysafter answered: Try to build up his gross motor function, trunk outward. The stronger the muscles of stability, the better coordination he’ll have distally
- amazinglyenough answered: I have students that have problems with fine motor as well. I have them use fidgets to strengthen the muscles. It helps.
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