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This article provides helpful pre-writing line activities with a winter Olympic theme. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As a reminder, ILS is not a health care provider and none of our materials or services provide a diagnosis or treatment of a specific condition or learning challenge you may see in your child or student. If you seek a diagnosis or treatment for your child or student, please contact a trained professional who can provide an evaluation of the child.
The Olympic games are fun for kids and they often get kids overly excited about potentially becoming athletes themselves.
With all the excitement of the Olympics, it’s a great time to use those types of themes and activities at home and in the classroom. It may be just the motivation to help them with their learning development. It is why we created this fun free Pre-Writing Olympic sheet deck to get kids working toward handwriting development.
Believe it or not, we don’t want kids to necessarily start writing their letters and numbers right out of the gate. There are many pre-writing lines that are precursors to writing letters and numbers that introduce writing concepts early.
Using pre-writing lines, like in this fun Winter Olympic sheet deck, will support kids with their writing development and letter formation. It will help them grasp the initial movements, strokes and directionality needed for writing. Many therapists use fun pre-writing activities to strengthen a child’s pencil grasp. Pre-writing activities give children a chance to correct letter reversals and discourage kids from writing their letters backwards or upside down.
There are many benefits that come from working on pre-writing lines and strokes before letters and numbers. Believe it or not, pre-writing lines have a purpose. Many pre-writing lines assist kids in developing:
Pre-writing lines, along with other types of fine motor activities, can strengthen the fingers, wrists, palms and even forearms to support handwriting skills. Without hand strength, kids may struggle to write words across the page. Poor hand strength is one of the reasons a child’s hands get tired as they write words across the page. A child with poor hand strength gets tired as they write words across the page. Pre-writing lines can strengthen those muscles and can give them additional fine motor practice.
In today’s world with using more technology, kids may have trouble learning how to hold a pencil properly. Pencil grip can be especially tough for kids if those skills are not used or fine-tuned as they grow older. Pre-writing lines can help kids develop better pencil grasp and move through the different stages as they get older.
Using pre-writing lines in activities like these, is a good way for kids to gain an understanding of directionality and how to eventually write their letters. Many kids write them too big, too small, diagonally, backward or upside down. Kids can learn to space their letters appropriately with pre-writing line practice. Therapists help children write letters and numbers by using pre-writing line activities.
Other benefits include:
The Winter Olympic Pre-Writing line sheet deck is designed for parents, therapists, teachers and other professionals. The sheet deck can be used to enhance the handwriting skills of children of all ages and levels.
An older child may even benefit from pre-writing lines if they struggle on basic concepts or if their skills are delayed. The free PDF sheet deck is a digital copy only and can be saved directly to your computer or hard drive.
After the sheet deck is saved, use the digital copy to print and re-print copies. This gives the child a chance to perform the exercises multiple times. Or, the sheet deck can be used for multiple students.
To get your copy of the Winter Olympic Pre-Writing line sheet deck, enter your email address in the form below.
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