Several of the alphabet letters require complete or partial circles which need to be formed in a counter clockwise movement: a, c, d, g, o, q, C, G, O and Q. It’s important to form them correctly so that cursive writing will be simple to learn later.
1. Begin with large motor activities. Give your child a paintbrush, a ruler or magic wand and ask the child to rotate their arm in a large circular counter-clockwise direction. You can demonstrate it! Then with a paintbrush and a bucket of water the child can paint large counter clockwise circles on the driveway, sidewalk or patio. Remind them to do this in one fluid movement without picking up the brush.
2.Scale down the activity by working in a smaller space. Use shaving cream, whipped cream or pudding spread on a clean surface. Instruct the child to make small counter- clockwise circles. Remind the child to be careful not to touch the eye area.
3. Use a baking tray with sides and pour salt or sand in it. The child can practice making letters in the tray using the index finger or a paintbrush.
4. Keep a white board, chalkboard and scrap paper handy for practice in letter formation.
5. Purchase a chart with manuscript and cursive letter formation pictures to hang in your study area.