The current situation presents an opportunity for consolidation and catch up for those children who may be some way off where they need to be in terms of their learning. Where to start?
Consider those essential skills which underpin all learning. For many children, the skill of writing is acquired with minimal instruction. In reality, this is a deeply complex skill and one of the most challenging acts of coordination we have to learn. The brain rewires to write, just as it rewires to read.
It’s helpful to strip any skill back to it’s foundation. The ability to write begins with memory of letter shape, of course fine motor grip and posture also come into it.
The beauty of the writing 8 exercise is that students can practice even if their fine motor skills are a weakness.
The template and instructions for the alphabet writing 8 can be found for free on Teachers pay Teachers: link below.
How to teach handwriting, some pointers:
Link to demonstration on Vimeo:https://vimeo.com/274495580/5a1284b4d4
Many schools use a figure 8 tracking exercise but do not integrate alphabet work in it: