Entries by Deanna Ligas

5 Ways to Help Your Pre-Writer Develop Her Pencil Grasp

Your child is constantly growing, learning, and developing motor skills that she will use later in life.  One of these important motor skills is her pencil grasp.  By the time your child is three and half, she should have developed the skills necessary to hold her pencil with her thumb and the pad of her […]

5 Everyday Items to Re-Use for Fine Motor Exercise

During the summer, it is important to keep working out your little one’s fingers.  There are plenty of items around your house that you can use to exercise your child’s fine motor muscles.  Below are 5 items that you may have laying around that can be re-purposed into a “digital” gym. 5 items to re-purpose […]

4 Ways to Better Handwriting before Pencil Hits Paper

Your child’s handwriting skills will affect his performance in school, beginning as early as preschool.    How your child holds his pencil, sits in his chair, and attends to the task of handwriting can affect your child’s ability to feel successful in completing a handwriting task.  4 ways you can promote your child’s handwriting skills before […]

Decorating for Christmas | 5 Activities to Improve Handwriting Skills

All children may benefit from exercising their fine motor muscles. Fine motor skills (coordination, grasping, precision) as well as fine motor strength and endurance are strongly associated with handwriting legibility, endurance and speed. Additional skills, such as bilateral coordination, visual-motor integration (eye-hand coordination) and manual dexterity (manipulation speed) contribute to producing legible writing as well. […]