Diving into handwriting before warming up is like running a marathon without stretching first. Your muscles will be stiff, your body will not move as smoothly, you will fatigue quickly, and your brain-body connection will be sluggish. But when you prepare your body by warming up the muscles, stretching the joints, and bringing awareness to your movements, your body will be in a "ready" state. Ready to run a few miles or, in our case, ready to grasp the writing tool and produce more fluid and accurate movements.
Here are some quick and easy "warm-ups" that you can do with your child to get them ready to write!
> Build and take apart Legos. This warms up finger muscles and uses both sides of the body.
These are just a few of the many ideas you can use with your child to prepare them for handwriting. If you do tutoring sessions with Handwriting Solutions, you will see us spend about 5 minutes warming up our finger and hand muscles before we write. Getting our hands ready to write is essential for handwriting progress and success.
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