Sensory Idea: The Easel
My kids are little, and yet, I taught for long enough to know what “most” kids are capable of. My eldest was rapidly falling behind on fine motor skills a year ago and I didn’t know what to do, so I asked an OT. OTs are magical people sometimes. This idea came directly from an OT and instantly improved all aspects of school that involve writing.
We got an easel and some good white board markers. (Little secret: yes, that’s an affiliate link for Amazon, but Ikea has a similar easel – not affiliate link – but I don’t know their shipping policy.)
And that’s it. Magical things followed.
I copied his math, one problem at a time, onto the white board side. He had been refusing to do math orally because he knew it was “supposed” to be written. (Ah, the wonder of black-and-white thinking. I introduced math as a written assignment when we started kindergarten formally, and it stuck.) Something about problems written on a white board bridged that thought process. He was completely okay with writing everything on the white board.
With an easel, math was more fun, and he had to stand up, so it kept his attention longer. It helped him with crossing midline because he can’t move the board as easily as he can a piece of paper. (Though he could just step aside, but we pretended his feet were glued to the floor.)
Our OT also suggested that we could create handwriting lines on the board to help practice handwriting and spelling.