This is a post out of the “31 Days of Morning Circles for the Child with Special Needs”. You can find the main page for this series here.
Note: If you’re reading this series for the first time, I suggest you look at the daily structure post to understand the routine we follow in our morning circle.
Drawing is an advanced skill for a child with fine motor delays. This is why at least once a week we include some pre-writing/ pre-drawing practice in the morning circle – even if we engage in more in-depth drawing activities later in the day or week.
Pre-drawing/ pre-writing skills have been practiced in our home since we first began homeschooling. They include things like drawing in the air with a finger, a flashlight and a stick. We practice drawing lines up and down, lines side to side, a cross, circles, a square, a triangle, etc. We also practice tracing with a finger on printable trace sheets – mostly straight lines.
Since then, we’ve moved onto practicing holding crayons of different sizes and shapes. We’ve also worked on holding pencil-like objects.
Below is one activity you can do today.
Drawing practice activity in morning circle:
Use different types of writing boards (white board, water board, chalk board, etc.). Sitting behind your child, work hand-over-hand to hold the writing tool. Then, sing/ chant/ or tells stories while drawing:
- lines and shapes
- seasonal/ holiday characters (ex: apples, Jack-o-lantern, Santa Claus, Easter eggs, etc.)
- story characters as you tell the story (ex: Red Riding Hood, 3 Pigs, I Know an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly, etc.)
- nursery rhyme characters (ex: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Humpty Dumpty, etc.)
Basic Shapes for Beginners eBook by Heather Greutman. This 79-page PDF is a hands-on approach to pre-writing strokes for preschoolers, but I recommend using it for children with fine motor delays as well. I like how Heather breaks apart the skills by week so that you can follow the suggestions slowly and steadily.
(Note: I am an affiliate of this eBook. If you use this link to purchase, I will get a small commission. You won’t be charged extra. I have purchased and used many of the ideas in this book myself over the last year. I know you will find it useful if you are looking for pre-writing/ pre-drawing ideas.)
How do you incorporate drawing in the morning circle?