Just a quick entry tonight (it appears getting back from holidays is harder than getting used to being on holidays!) thinking about directionality. One of the simplest things you can do to help kids learn to write from left to right, is to write their name from left to right. Starting from the top left hand corner of the page.
That’s as simple as it gets. if you start at the top left, they’ll mimic that and eventually learn to start at the top left. No special words are needed. No magic wands or fancy tricks, just always start there.
Of course other things help. Like following or tracing paths between pictures.
Using chalk boards and getting the children to wipe off the letters or numbers you write.
Introducing patterns, that start from the top left.
For these reuseable worksheets, I photocopied and laminated worksheets from an activity book. The children love the wipe on, wipe off activities.
The only other thing that I might add to this activity, to make it more successful, is to pop these slippery worksheets onto a clipboard for stability. Because, as you may have noticed, there is a whole new skill involved in holding a paper steady! Just watch children who are new to scissors if you are unsure!