Fine and Gross Motor Developmental Milestones – Ages 4 and 5
This fine and gross motor development milestone poster/sheet for 4 and 5 year old children outlines tips for home and causes for concern.
Designed by Occupational Therapists this resource promotes awareness of early motor developmental milestones. The sheet outlines: What children be able to do with their body. Tips
The Development of Appropriate Pencil Grip and Drawing Skills – Ages 1 – 6
These milestone and information sheets identify the age-related milestones for hand function, pencil grip (grasp) and drawing skills in children aged 1 to 6 years. They present images of good and NOT good pencil grip and also outline hints for making a good pencil grip easier.
When children first begin to draw using crayons, pencils or brushes they use a dagger grasp. In a natural developmental sequence, they will hold the
Correct Pencil Grip
A downloadable fact sheet with large illustrations and helpful tips of good pencil grip for left and right hand students.
What makes pencil grip easier? • Big pieces of paper. • Big crayons, brushes and markers (larger tools ensure children use the right muscles and
PLD’s 2020 Whole School Literacy Plan
The document outlines how to implement PLD’s literacy, Movement and Motor and Oral Language resources during the Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2 and across Years 3 to 6. Each page provides suggested time frames and implementation recommendations.
The purpose of this document is to provide an implementation outline to assist schools in scheduling the PLD programs within a broad school-based strategy. When
Am I ready to handwrite? A3 Poster
Am I ready to handwrite is a poster providing solid introduction to the beginning of handwriting
Ideal for student and teacher reference, this poster is designed to provide explicit instruction on the following:
- Letter formation and size
- Letter placement
- Reminders of correct posture
The following implementation booklet outlines how PLD OT designed programs can be applied to schools. Refer to pages 6 and 10.
National Curriculum Statement
Creating texts - Handwriting - Developing a fluent, legible handwriting style, beginning with unjoined letters and moving to joined handwriting Can relate to various year level statements
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Two essential movement and motor resources for your Foundation students.
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Preparing Children for Handwriting – Step 1From $65.00$65.00 incl. GST
The range of motor skills that support handwriting in Early Years students.
Early childhood education is a critical time for consolidating the fine motor skills necessary for efficient pencil grasp, developing good strong habits for directionality and pre-writing skills, making sense of increasing complex visual information and storing and retaining information for future use (memory). For this reason, we have created a 232-page Movement and Motor teaching guide to complement any early years program. The book contains clear information on developmental expectations for 4 and 5-year-olds and the foundation skills necessary for handwriting development, with a guide to handwriting readiness in addition to a wide range of activity suggestions. Features: Developed by an Occupational Therapist, this resource provides early childhood workers and parents with easy-to-understand information and activities focused upon fine and gross motor skill development for 3 to 4 year olds. Contains cutting, colouring, drawing, playdough, pre-writing, along with ball, balance, eye tracking, and body control activities Expectations, support, and guidance on pencil grip and posture, among other skills. Following Step 1 with Preparing Children for Handwriting – Step 2 provides children with the essential preparation that is needed for letter formation. This publication is mentioned within the Whole School Literacy Strategy booklet on page 7 & 12.
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Preparing children for letter formation
Throughout the Early Years, children are encouraged to participate in a range of fine motor activities that develop: their manipulative skills a dominant hand the ability to use both hands together Introducing Pre-writing Patterns for 3 to 5 year olds which aids the smooth transition to writing alphabet letters. Pre-writing patterns presents a simple, systematic and fun approach for teaching the foundation skills that are necessary for fluent handwriting. This resource for parents and teachers provides information on posture, grasps, pencil control and pre-writing patterns. The manual outlines big body movements, art activities and pre-writing pattern worksheets. It outlines six basic movements that are essential for children to learn the pre-writing patterns used to make pictures and then combined to make letters and numbers. The six basic patterns that form the basis of all alphabet letters are: Sideways, sideways left to right. Tall lines and short lines. Zig Zags. Circles, drawn forwards and backward. Up and overs. Down and unders. Down, back and unders. This publication is mentioned in the Whole School Literacy Strategy on page 7.
Pre-writing patterns – write on posters$29.95
Pre-writing patterns form the basis of all alphabet letters and prepare children for letter formation. These double sided wipe on wipe off A3 reusable posters can be used with white board markers as a wall poster, on an easel or table.
Pre-writing patterns form the basis of all alphabet letters and prepare children for letter formation. These double sided wipe on wipe off A3 reusable posters