The Building Blocks of Handwriting: Why Pre-Writing Strokes are Crucial

Did you know that before you expect a child to form letters and numbers, they should master pre-writing strokes?  There are 9 pre-writing strokes that include lines, curves and shapes which are the building blocks for handwriting skills.  

Pre-writing strokes refer to a variety of simple lines, curves, and shapes that children learn to make before they can form letters and numbers. These strokes include vertical lines, horizontal lines, circles, squares, diagonals, and more. Mastering these strokes is crucial for the development of handwriting skills, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness. 

Benefits of Pre-Writing Strokes

  1. Fine Motor Skill Development: Pre-writing strokes require precise control of hand movements and manipulation of writing tools such as pencils and crayons. As children practice these strokes, they refine their fine motor skills, which are essential for tasks like buttoning clothes, tying shoelaces, and eventually writing with fluency.
  2. Hand-Eye Coordination: Executing pre-writing strokes involves coordinating hand movements with visual input. Children must learn to guide their hand along a predetermined path while monitoring their progress visually. This coordination lays the foundation for accurate and controlled handwriting later on.
  3. Spatial Awareness and Directionality: Pre-writing strokes help children understand spatial concepts such as up, down, left, and right. They also teach directionality, which is the ability to move the hand in a specific direction to create shapes and letters.  Pre-writing strokes should always be taught top/bottom and left to right which will help a child become an efficient writer when learning to write letters and numbers.
  4. Pencil Grasp: Through practicing pre-writing strokes, children learn to hold a writing tool correctly. I recommend practicing pre-writing strokes on a vertical surface such as a chalk board or easel. If working at a table, use a broken crayon which will encourage the fingers to naturally use a mature pencil grasp, where the thumb, index, and middle fingers work together to control the pencil. 
  5. Cognitive Skills: Engaging in pre-writing activities stimulates cognitive skills such as problem-solving, planning, and sequencing. Children must analyze shapes, plan their movements, and execute them in a logical sequence to create pre-writing strokes effectively. 

Are you searching for no prep pre-writing worksheets? My 90 page pre-writing stroke digital download includes 10 prewriting worksheets for each pre-writing line and shape.Simply print the pre-writing pages. Perfect for pediatric occupational therapists, preschool classrooms, early elementary classrooms and special education classrooms 

You can also create a prewriting binder with cover pages for each pre-writing stroke, 9 pre-writing stroke tabs and a pre-writing stroke reference guide. 

This product includes: 

-10 Pre-Writing Stroke Practice Pages for each pre-writing line/shape 

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-9 Pre-writing stroke tabs

-9 Pre-writing stroke cover pages

-Pre-Writing Stroke Reference Guide

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