Why OT’s Tell You to Learn Capital Letters First

There are many different approaches to teaching children to write. Most teach lowercase letters in conjunction with the uppercase letters. But this approach is flawed. Teaching children to write with capital letters first is the better strategy.

Foundations & Fundamentals, Our Newest Program, is Now Available!

Hooray! It is finally here! Our newest Orange Level curriculum: Foundations and Fundamentals. This program is a secular, multi-sensory, complete curriculum based on child development that will get your child started off with reading, writing, and math in the best way possible!

Drawing vs. Writing Letters – What’s the difference?

Schools today are NOT teaching children to write. Instead, they are allowing children to figure out, on their own, how to make the letters. This leads to children drawing letters instead of writing them.
What’s the difference? And why does it matter?

What are we working on?

What would it look like to teach letters, numbers, shapes, and colors the Five Senses Literature Lessons way? Take a look to find out! We are excited to announce that we are working on a new program for the Orange Level, Fundamentals and Foundations!

My Favorite Toys — Water WOW! Water Painting Set

In the quest to help children develop the skills needed to start learning to write, this toy is a surprising win! WOW Water Painting sets by Melissa and Doug are great for building hand strength and practicing good pencil grip.

My Favorite Toys — Rock Crayons for Developing Good Pencil Grip

As an occupational therapist, I cringe when I see a child being encouraged to learn to write before they have developed a proper pencil grip. Your child needs to work on developing a grasp that uses the tips of their fingers. Rock Crayons are a great way of helping your young child build the muscle strength needed for a proper pencil grip. And they are fun!

Does your child have symptoms of a learning disability? When to worry.

Are you worried about your child’s progress this year? How do you know if she is demonstrating symptoms of a learning disability? Is it time to worry? Knowing what learning disability symptoms to watch for can be overwhelming. It can be hard to know when to worry about a learning disability.

8 Easy Steps to Overcoming Dysgraphia

DYSGRAPHIA IS A LEARNING DISABILITY FOR WRITING.
Children with dysgraphia often have a combination of fine motor delays, lack of hand and finger strength, issues with hand-eye coordination, and struggle to remember how to write letters. You can help your child overcome dysgraphia with our step-by-step guide.

5 Fun Was To Improve Handwriting Without Writing Letters

The question of the Day: My child (4, 5, or 6 years old) is learning to write and struggling. What can I do to help? Learning to write is hard. Writing is a complex task. It requires muscle strength in the arm, wrist, and hand; visual perceptual skills; fine motor control; and hand-eye coordination. In…