Grade R/0 (5–6 yrs)

The reception year is the year of refinement of fine motor skills and also the year for letter formation. It is a critical year in terms of laying foundations that your child is going to take with them through their schooling career. Grade R/0 (5–6 yrs) is our chance to do it the right way the first time.

By the time your child enters this phase, they will hopefully have developed a preferred or dominant hand. If this is not the case, I would really recommend you get an opinion from an occupational therapist. Your Grade R/0 (5–6 yrs) child is not going to be able to develop their pencil control to the level they require for handwriting if they have not chosen their dominant hand. In addition, if they are still switching hands when they write, you are going to find their letter formation is poor. They will in all likelihood start forming letters and numbers in the wrong place and may experiencing difficulties with letter reversals. This is not the way we want our children to be experiencing early handwriting skills in Grade R/0 (5–6 yrs).

You child will be exposed to fine motor challenges that will enable them to develop and refine their skills. This fine motor and handwriting blog covers the skills your child will need in depth. We look at the development of a functional and efficient pencil grip so your child can start to practise using the isolated discrete refined finger movements they need for handwriting when they start formal schooling. Grade R/0 (5–6 yrs) is the time for us to be addressing these issues so your child does not have to worry about them when they start school.

We start working on letter and number formation using a multi-sensory approach. We focus on the starting positions for letters and have posts on the improtatnce of the teaching order for letters and numbers. This posts on this blog will empower you to help prepare your Grade R/0 (5–6 yrs) for big school.

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  • 30 shapes activities for preschool kids designed by an occupational therapist.

    A Shapes Activities for Preschool eBook

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  • Developmentally appropriate for writing activities for preschoolers, this Build-a-Letter and Number Bundle comes with songs and rhymes for letter formation.

    Build-a-Letter and Number Writing Activities for Preschoolers Bundle

    £ 18.75
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  • The Happy Handwriter's Build-a-Letter is the ideal way to introduce letter formations. Its lovely letter formation rhymes and songs add to its appeal.

    Build-a-Letter Letter Formations eBook

    £ 6.25
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  • The cover of the eBook from The Happy Handwriter to help a child with writing upper case letters. A developmentally appropriate way for learning capital letters so a child can learn to write uppercase letters the right way the first time.

    Build-a-Letter Writing Uppercase Letters

    £ 10.00
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  • The developmentally approriate way to learn to write numbers. Build-a-Number has been designed by an occupational therapist and takes you through how to teach number formation.

    Build-a-Number Learn to Write Numbers eBook

    £ 6.25
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  • Sea themed cutting practice activities designed by and occupational therapist.

    Cutting Practice Sea World eBook

    £ 5.00
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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

    £ 5.00
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  • Activities for developing fine motor skills designed by occupational therapist, Bunty McDougall.

    Fine Motor Fun® eVersion. Activities for Developing Fine Motor Skills

    £ 15.00
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  • An online course on handwriting assessment for occupational therapists, including a copy of the Assessment of Handwriting Function by occupational therapist Bunty McDougall.

    Handwriting Assessment Online Course

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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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  • Classroom based fine motor skills development.

    Muscle Mania® Bundle eVersion. Fine Motor Skills Development.

    £ 1,100.00
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  • Classroom groups for preschool fine motor skills.

    Muscle Mania® Grade 00 eVersion. Preschool Fine Motor

    £ 600.00
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  • Classroom group fine motor activities for preschoolers.

    Muscle Mania® Grade R eVersion. Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers.

    £ 600.00
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  • My first number formation activities designed by an occupational therapist.

    Number Formation Activities 1 eBook

    £ 6.25
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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

    £ 17.50
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  • Help your kid learn to write letters with a programme developed by an OT.

    Printing Book 1 eBook

    £ 6.25
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