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Pencil Control/Letter Formation

Below are this week's letter formation sheets. 



I would also like to stress that whilst some children are ready for this type of letter formation/handwriting sheets at this point of the Reception year others will definitely not be. For those children who are not ready please encourage your child to be as active as possible in the garden to develop those upper body muscles; make big and small marks/patterns on large sheets of paper (preferably on the floor), in shaving foam or using chalks; use pegs or tweezers to pick up pom poms and use Playdough to exercise their fingers, pushing, pulling, stretching and poking the dough. Please remember to keep it fun!
Below are just a few of the things that I have purchased for my son to help improve his fine and gross motor development ready for holding his pencil.
I thought I would share with you an interesting article about ways of developing a child's fine motor. It may give you some ideas of activities to try at home. 
Below you will find some some mark making cards that we use in school. It is really important that all children experience making all sorts of marks, shapes, patterns with crayons, pens, pencils, markers, paint and chalk as well as outside in mud and sand etc. These are particularly useful for those children who are reluctant, it will give them immediate success as there is no right or wrong, just have fun making marks.
For those of you who do not have access to a printer, you could copy out these patterns on to paper or card for your child.