Power House refers to the back and tummy muscles important for the child to sit at the table with an upright sitting posture for the duration of their writing tasks. This is because the ‘Power House’ provides a solid base of support from which the arms and legs are free to move with precision and control! The back and tummy muscles provide your child with the core stability to support all coordinated movements.
The ‘Power House’ is also important for adequate bilateral coordination and trunk rotation. Bilateral coordination means that the both sides of the body are working comfortably together either doing the same thing like star jumps or something different like using the fork and knife. Trunk rotation means that the top half of your body can turn in a different direction to the bottom half.
Strength, stability and mobility are necessary in the shoulders and forearms for the child’s hand to work with control and precision. The shoulder muscles also provide the support base for bilateral coordination which results in both hands working with each other in a smooth fluid manner.[/fusion_builder_column_inner]
The large and small muscles of the hands and forearms require good strength, stability and mobility to allow for good dexterity and support when using writing tools such as chalk, pencils and crayons.
I See You
For the child to be able to form letters and numbers correctly he needs to be able to interpret information coming into through his eyes and be able to put that down on paper. This is formally known as visual motor integration but for here we will call it ‘I See You’.[/fusion_builder_column_inner]
I Can Write
It is important that the child is encouraged to form letters and numbers in the correct way. Your child needs to consistently start and end at the correct points, place the letters correctly on the line and have good ‘rhythm’ of writing once he is recording large quantities of information.