Whatever the issue is, there are many strategies and activities for addressing handwriting skills that can help kids compensate for difficulties or help them develop the skills they are lacking. You can use the letters in several different spatial awareness puzzles.
When kids struggle with spatial awareness may write words and letters with little regard to spacing. They can then copy the sentences using appropriate spacing between letters and words. The Wiki Stix stick better on plastic surfaces such as page protectors, laminated sheets of paper, and plastic overlays rather than plain paper although plain paper will work too.
Affiliate links are included in this post. Marker Cut the cardstock into squares. The sticker strategy goes something like this: Other times, kids have trouble copying written work with appropriate spacing. The student is told that the spaces between words must be wide enough to fit a small sticker.
Have kids trace letters cut out of sandpaper or other textured craft paper. Still other kids might show difficulty with spatial awareness when writing at a fast speed or when writing in a journal or with free writing.
Lyzz said that if students space between words and use correct letter size differentiation using tall, short and below the line letters that despite spelling errors, you can typically read and understand what was written.
Then, work on generalizing these concepts onto the handwriting paper, by identifying the top, middle, and bottom writing lines. If you notice your child frequently writing this way, then he may have difficulty with proper spacing. Write letters on the cardstock squares. Use this strategy for only those who have difficulty with word spacing.
Then go back and edit. Leave me a comment and let me know! A visual perception difficulty prevents kids from writing with adequate spacing on the page. Use the jumbled sentences to practice spacing on paper by asking the child to copy the sentence with accurate spacing. Allow children to build letters using Wikki Stixwooden pieces, or this cool play dough kit.
Engaging your child in these fun activities will be more motivating and exciting for them, which in turn should produce more effort and yield better results! A third activity involves writing jumbled sentences on paper and asking kids to circle the letters to form words.
Teaching Students to Space Between Words February 25, By Julie 6 Comments One of the great benefits of my job is that I have the privilege of working with many skilled professionals from various disciplines. I recently had a discussion with one of our OTs, Lyzz, regarding letter reversals and handwriting in general.
Once the student is consistently spacing between words, the intervention can be faded to occasionally placing stickers between words on writing samples e. The two concepts are similar yet have distinct differences and both can interfere with writing issues like word spacing.
Small smiley face stickers work best. They may not be able to keep up with their peers during writing assignments. Talk about how it looks and how writing is easier to read if the baseline is smooth and flat.
They may not leave any spaces between their words as they write or they may leave too much space. This post is part of the Functional Skills for Kids series.
Spacing —Teach the child to place something down in between each word as he is writing. Another activity might include writing a jumbled sentence on paper.
Or, they may cover the entire page with huge, giant letters. This method teaches whole body learning to help remember to use spaces.Re-Write the paragraphs with the correct spacing between words. Topics include Farm, Princess, and Swimming.
Included are 3 levels of worksheets based on the printing level of the student (3/4 inch three lined paper, 1/2 inch three lined paper, and. Handwriting Intervention Strategies problems, uneven spacing between letters, poor awareness of margins and many misspelled words.
Recommendations: Try a variety of writing paper which includes extra blank space between lines or. Additionally, once a student grows accustomed to leaving space between words, he/she can graduate to spacing paper with faint (as opposed to bright) visual reminders.
By varying the sharpness of visual cue, one can carefully 4/5(17). Once the student is consistently spacing between words, the intervention can be faded to occasionally placing stickers between words on writing samples (e.g.
once a week).
Another common writing issue in the early grades is students not using their non-writing hand to stabilize their paper. 2. Jump into the spaces of sentences- Write a sentence out using only one word per sheet of paper. Spread the papers out so there is a large space between each word.
Have the child read the word on the sheet then jump over it into the empty space while they say the word “space” for each word and space in the sentence.
HANDWRITING DEVELOPMENT: SIZING, SPACING, ALIGNMENT, AND MORE! January 20, This should coincide with the ability to leave appropriate spacing between their words when writing. –Handwriting paper with raised lines.Download