Writing for a Purpose

December provides the perfect opportunity for children to write their own cards whatever their level of skill. They can also make cards to send which adds to the enjoyment of this activity. Writing cards allows them to practise writing their name and also encourages them to independently write the high frequency words to, love and from. It is important to take children’s concentration skills into account and if necessary only do a few cards at a time.
Top tip: If your child does not have a comfortable pencil grip try the magic tissue technique.
Ask your child to hold a decorated tissue using the little finger, ring finger and middle finger of their dominant hand. Once this is in place it is very easy for them to achieve a comfortable pencil grip. A cotton wool ball can be used instead of a tissue.