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Hand skills refer to the strength and the dexterity in our hands. Both depend on how we use the small muscles of our hands. However, we also need the muscles in our forearm to provide strength and stability. Our curriculum takes into account all the above aspects to develop prewriting skills through following activities. 

Develop eye-hand coordination
Draw and scribble, colour simple shapes, use paints with water books. Developing body awareness and directionality be playing rhymes like “Simon Says” and use terms like ‘up and down’, ‘back and front’

Develop hand skills
Lace large beads with strings that have small plastic tips on the ends or use easy lacing cards. Put pennies into a piggy bank, play with finger puppets and spinning tops.

Developing sensory skills
Lacing large beads with strings that have small tips at the end, putting pennies into piggy banks, playing with finger puppets and spinning toys

Pre-writing activities
Making shapes and letters by: finger painting, painting with water and nontoxic paints on the sidewalk and even with fingers in the sand. Play shape and letter matching or recognition games. Play with puzzles, magnetic letters and Play-Dough.

Ways to strengthen the shoulder, arm and wrist
Use tabletop easels or bookstands so your child can do the activity while seated. Try tummy-lying on the floor with arms propped on forearms to read books, colour or do puzzles. Play games such as tug-of-war, wheelbarrow walking or animal walks. Use the playground equipment, such as the climbers and balancing beam.

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