Provide paper and a crayon for both the child and an adult.
The adult models writing a horizontal line as a track or other part of her picture. “Look what I can do. Choo-choo! Can you do one like mine?” The adult also points out the circles, curves, and other different lines on both papers.
Uses circular strokes along with lines in different scribbles on the page.
Make drawing a common activity, so children practice different strokes. Provide toys that require use of a pincer grasp (e.g., poker chips, large beads, etc.) to develop fine motor precision. When reading to the children, the adult can follow the print with her finger. This teaches the children that print moves from left to right and from the top of the page to the bottom.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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