Pre-Writing Patterns

We all want our children to be able to write but there has been lots of research around when it is best to get children to put pen to paper. 

Below are pre-writing patterns, with the average (not prescribed) age at which children are developmentally ready to achieve these patterns (listed below them in years and months). Being able to process visual information and produce a movement in response e.g. copying these pre-writing patterns or letter formations this is known as “visual motor integration”. Children are often not ready as early as we think, not only are their visual motor integration skills not developed enough, their hands are also physically under-developed. 

It is important to ensure children are developing their fine and gross motor skills regularly to build up sufficient muscles so they are physically able to hold a pencil and apply enough pressure. 

Pre-writing patterns originally posted by Perth's Children's Occupational Therapy 

Stages of Pencil Grip

Simple ticks to help learn to hold a pencil correctly 

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