If you are like me, you have at least a handful of students still struggling with fine motor skills. There are so many muscles in the hands that contribute to pencil grip and handwriting! This post is just a quick tip for one more way to build that hand strength to help young writers.
Our occupational therapist recommends “vertical writing” (or coloring) as a method for building wrist and hand strength. This different angle forces the child to use and strengthen important muscles in their hands. You just clip or hang their work on a vertical surface, and then have them complete the activity standing. This also naturally encourages them to use their non-dominant hand as a stabilizing hand, which can be difficult to get some kids to do.
The novelty of this alone will engage and motivate young kids! I think I might try vertical writing as part of our handwriting center next week.
Do you use vertical writing? What are your tips and tricks for building hand strength?