Learning to write doesn’t have to be boring or difficult. You can make learning to write fun and engaging by using multisensory strategies. For kids that struggle with learning to write, a multisensory teaching method is the most effective teaching method. These include seeing it (visual), hearing it (auditory) and moving with it (kinesthetic). On today’s post I came up with my favorite multisensory writing strategies that I want to share with you today.
1. Use Playdough
Roll out the playdough so it becomes a flat surface. From here the kids can get really creative.
- Use a pencil, chopstick or even a golf tee and write letters, words or sentences onto the surface of the playdough.
- Stick letter tiles onto the play dough so that they stand up and build words.
- Use letter magnets and letter stamps onto the surface of the playdough.
The kids can also build letters with the playdough by forming it into the letter shapes.
2. Use Shaving Cream
This activity never gets old! Spread shaving cream out on a flat surface or tray and then let the child write out the letters or words or sentences. This is really messy but oh so fun! Sometimes I like to change it up by using pudding or whipped cream. You can also put shaving cream on a mirror in the bathroom – makes cleaning up a bit easier.
3. Use Body Language
This is a really fun way to help kids learn about how some letters reach above the middle space on a sheet of lined paper and how some letters stay inside the lines and how some letters dip down below the lines. In charades, you can have your child’s body resemble each letter. For tall letters like t, b, f, etc. the child will jump up. For medium size letters like a, e, o, etc. the child will stand in place. For letters that dip down like g, j, p, etc. the child will crouch. So for the word tag, the child will jump up for t, stand still for a and crouch down for g.
4. Trace Over Highlighter
Using a highlighter write letters or words on a piece of paper. Now let your child pick out their favorite color markers or pens and trace over your letters making sure that the color they use is darker than the highlighter you used.
5. Sky Writing
When using the sky writing, the child will stretch her arm out as far as it can go. The child then uses their pointer and middle finger to form the letters in the air at least two feet high. This form of writing in the air allows the child to feel the energy flow from her body into the sky as she is using her entire body to form the letters! This whole body movement helps her cement the idea of how each letter is formed, both physically, visually and audibly. This whole body experience uses her muscle memory to store the information into her brain which is used later on when she is writing with a pencil on paper.
You can see a video of me teaching it here in action:
Do you have a favorite multisensory writing activity that you like to use with your kids? If so, please share in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.
And while you are here… check out the PRIDE Reading Program. This is an Orton-Gillingham program that is heavily scripted out, easy to use, affordable and used by homeschooling parents, teachers and tutors with great success. Let me know what you think.
Thank you so much for reading my post today!
Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com