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  Name
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    Trace the letters. Finish the sentences.
I can write. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
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 Look at this. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
  Don did that.
  It is from Tre.
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    Put a next to your best sentence.
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Present
• Explain that children will be tracing the letters they have just learned to complete the sentences.
• Read aloud the first sentence as children point to each word. Practice
• Ask children to trace the missing letters in the first sentence. Ask a volunteer to read the sentence.
Proceed
• Continue in a similar manner for the remaining sentences. Circulate and offer reminders, if needed.
• Read Letterman’s self-evaluation prompt together and have children follow his directions.
OT TIPS
Consider the following strategies to help children achieve the tripod grip.
First introduce children to Busy Fingers, Sleeping Fingers, and Pillows. Busy Fingers are Thumb, Pointer, and Middle Man. They hold and manipulate implements. Sleeping Fingers are Ring Man and Pinky. They stabilize the hand in order for the Busy Fingers to work efficiently. The Sleeping Fingers “sleep” in the palm
of the hand on a Pillow, which is any object that can be held comfortably in the palm of a child’s hand: cotton ball, makeup sponge, penny, piece of candy, small cap, marble, pom-pom.
Move, sort, and/or stack manipulatives using the Busy Fingers, Sleeping Fingers, and Pillows with the following tools to develop the tripod grasp:
• mini spray bottles • windup toys
• spinning tops
• stringing beads
• ripping paper
• snapping fingers • bug catchers
• scissors
OT Connection
“Fingers and Pillows”
sung to tune of “Oh My Darlin’ “
I have two hands with ten fingers. I have five on each hand.
First is Thumbkin, then Pointer, then the tall one, Middle Man.
These 3 are special, they are busy, and they love to play.
They play with toys and hold a pencil in just the right way.
Next is Ring Man and Pinky. They are sleepy little ones.
They hug a pillow and stay sleeping so the busy fingers can have fun!
Time Out to Evaluate
Ask children to consider the following questions to evaluate their handwriting.
Do your tall letters touch the skyline? Are your slanted lines straight?
Are your horizontal lines straight?
                       • mini grabbers
• mini tongs
• tweezers
• squeezers
• strawberry hullers • wooden tongs
In addition, activities involving the following items are also
tripod developers:
• nubs and stubs of crayons or chalk • crayon rocks
• mini hole punches
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