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Handwriting, Kinesthetically

July 23, 2010

A friend of mine once said that when he was little and taking piano lessons, it wasn’t that he didn’t want to sit still and focus; but it was like being asked to sit still and focus while being tickled.

That analogy resonated.  After about three and a half minutes of “sit still and focus” on mundane, fine motor routines like handwriting or math fact practice, I can almost see sparks exploding out of Shane’s active little body.

SO I made up movement cards. Those of you who know Shane will note the emphasis on animals.

He writes a few words as carefully as he can, then chooses a movement card to demonstrate in the living room for a minute or so.

"Pretend to Glide Like a Flying Squirrel"

We do a few more words, then another movement card.

"Do a Somersault"

Does the lesson take longer?  Yes, it absolutely does.  Is it worth the extra time?  My goodness, YES!

One Comment leave one →
  1. KAREN permalink
    July 26, 2010 3:24 am

    This is such a great idea!!!!

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