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Writing begins with mark making and develops gradually throughout the early years of education. These marks are not just made on paper it begins earlier than this with the use of their fingers in spaghetti they have spilt on their high chairs as babies. The marks children make will the begin to have a deeper meaning this is noted when they talk through the circles and lines they draw on paper. Later on children will begin to develop their handwriting skills but before they can become competent at this they need to fine tune their hand eye coordination and build the muscles in their hands and arms. This starts with building on their gross motor skills and then onto the fine motor. We do this in lots of fun ways from our scarf dancing to large painting with brushes and water. 

What writing might look like for us

When we have really begun to develop them gross and fine motor skills we start to look at forming patterns, shapes and letters using the correct pencil grip. We call this the tripod grip. 

Crocodile Snap Pencil Grasp Childrens Song

Crocodile Snap is a children's song designed to help children improve the fine motor skills they need to hold a pencil.

Patterns and letters to practise at home