Learning to Write is something all children have to do even
though the pencil is being replaced
Learning to write is a part of growing up. We start off by
scribbling and doodling and this helps us to get used to
holding a pencil. Most young kids are fascinated by just being
able to make a mark on a piece of paper.
The Montessori way of teaching takes this scribbling a step
further and uses the child's natural love of drawing to help
coordinate the arm and hand to prepare it for writing. This is
the first step on the road to learning to write. This
scribbling and doodling also helps to strengthen the arm and
hand muscles. A number of writing problems are caused by hand
strength and go away when the hand is stronger.
When learning to write Montessori also uses sandpaper
letters. The alphabet letters are made of sandpaper and when
the children trace the words they can feel the texture of the
sandpaper. This helps to implant the letters on the child's
mind. Even though the learning to write system is very simple
it does take time. The more time the parents put in the faster
your child will learn to write.
Montessori loves phonics and children do need a background
in phonics when learning to write. So with the sandpaper
letters, break the words down into phonic sounds so the
children can write the phonic sounds they hear.
The problem arises when there are a number of phonic sounds
that sound the same but are spelt differently. Now you have to
bring in sight words so the children can write the correct
word. This all takes time. There is no easy way on the road to
learning to write. I was very impressed with the Montessori
system and now my daughter writes very well. But cursive or
longhand writing seems to be a dying art but learning to write
in cursive is relatively easy using the Montessori Method.
With the proliferation of the keyboard and the computer it
seems there is no need to start learning to write in cursive.
It looks like cursive writing is on the way out with most kids
at school just printing in block letters. But it doesn't have
to be that way. Learning cursive writing is quite easy and it
is easier when your children are in kindergarten.
The Montessori system starts the child on learning how to
use a pencil. This way the child is learning to scribble with a
pencil to build up hand strength and coordination. Another
unique part of the Montessori approach is sandpaper letters. I
make up the words my child is learning at school in sandpaper
letters and get her to trace the words. The texture of the
sandpaper helps to implant the words and letters on your
child's mind. When your child in tracing the letters you should
get her to say the words and the phonic sounds.
This system of learning to write in cursive is very simple
because the child is actually writing the words as she traces
the letters, without using a pencil. This sets the muscle
coordination so when the child picks a pen she knows how to
already write the letters. Most children will start off writing
with their finger in the air the same way as tracing the
letters before writing with a pencil.
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Peter Legrove spends most of
his time in front of a mixed bunch of primary school students
trying to instill in them some semblance of the road to survive