The children in Reception participate in daily Dough Disco sessions. This activity helps them to develop strength in their fingers and hands in preparation for holding a pencil and writing.
The children in Reception also have access to lots of resources that help specifically build up the strength in their fingers and improve coordination in order to help them be able to hold and control a pencil confidently. We have a Funky Fingers table, which always has an activity on devoted to developing these fine motor skills.
Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle
Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle is an early writing program created by a Shonette Bason-Wood, who also created the program Dough Disco. Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle incorporates dance, music and large movements to help children develop the fine muscle control they need for writing. They will learn a new gross motor movement to a piece of music while holding 'flappers' (bits of fabric) while dancing along to the music. The children then transfer these movements to floor level and swap their flappers for writing tools (crayons/pens etc) to make marks, this could be in foam, on paper, in sand etc. They will then use this action to think of letters they can form that use this shape. These sessions are great fun but most importantly help your child to be confident mark makers.
Shonette Bason-Wood is incredibly fun, motivating and excites the children to engage in this program. Its all about mark making and Shonette will show you how to develop children's writing in a fun and exciting and extremely active way.
We are currently working on Squiggle dance 4, the hump.