Grade 3 (8–9 yrs)

By Grade 3 (8–9 yrs), we are looking for the beginnings of automatic handwriting. While automaticity in handwriting is only really fully consolidated by adolescence, the foundations should be laid by this stage.

Some children develop later when it comes to maturity of the fine motor foundations they need for handwriting. If your child is lagging behind, this is a good time to work on the muscles supporting pencil grip and pencil control. If your child is motivated and on board with you, they can make good progress at the Grade 3 (8–9 yrs) age.

Our Fine Motor Fun kit provides these foundations, while the eBooks take the development of pencil control further. Since these activities require the co-operation of the child to achieve improvements in pencil control and the emergency of discrete refined finger movements, Grade 3 (8–9 yrs) is the ideal age for this.

For children whose handwriting has gone horribly wrong, a transition to cursive handwriting can be a really good option for them. The “motor maps” for handwriting become hardwired and it can be difficult to bring about changes in messy and untidy handwriting. Cursive handwriting, however, provides a new handwriting style and as a result a whole new set of motor maps. Grade 3 (8–9 yrs) children can do really well with a transition to cursive handwriting.

If your child is struggling with their handwriting, I usually recommend a 6 week intensive working on fine motor foundations and a new handwriting style. If your child is motivated and engaged we can achieve good results in this period. If this is the case, then I encourage you continue and establish automaticity in cursive handwriting so your Grade 3 (8–9 yrs) child can focus on what to write, not how to write.

Should there be no improvements from the 6-week intensive, it may be an option to consider a handwriting accommodation for your child. This decision should be taken in conjunction with an occupational therapist.

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  • Best cursive handwriting books designed by an occupational therapist.

    Cursive Book 1 eBook

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    Cursive Book 2 eBook

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  • Safari themed cut and paste worksheets designed by an occupational therapist.

    Cutting Safari eBook

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  • A large format poster to develop fine motor skills foundations for handwriting. Kids have fun with the African poster theme.

    Develop Fine Motor Skills Poster

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  • Learn how to teach cursive writing with the Cursive Bundle so your kids has fun with cursive handwriting practice!

    How to Teach Cursive Writing Bundle

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  • An online course by occupational therapist, Bunty McDougall, about legible handwriting, legible writing and limiting illegible handwriting.

    Legible Handwriting. Module 1 of Handwriting for Kids

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  • Monster fine motor activities designed by an occupational therapist.

    Monster Fine Motor eBook

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  • Sale! This online course presented by occupational therapist, Bunty McDougall, explores practical lefty strategies and handwriting for left handers.

    Practical Strategies for Left-Handed Kids Mini-Course

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  • Scissor skills Christmas activities for kids designed by an occupational therapist.

    The Christmas Activities for Kids Cutting eBook

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  • Easter fine motor worksheets designed by an occupational therapist.

    The Easter Fine Motor eBook

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  • Fine motor valentine's day ideas designed by occupational therapist, Bunty McDougall.

    Valentine’s Fine Motor eBook

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  • covid-19 story for children, inteactive reading sams stays hom, the happy handwriter, bunty mcdougall

    When Sam Stays Home. A Story for Children About the Pandemic

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  • Your Fine Motor Halloween Activities. Cut and Assemble Skeleton.

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