In fact, we have a very poor memory for the particular configurations of objects.
They might even write a word or an entire sentence as if in a mirror.
This is often seen as an endearing temporary clumsiness, but actually, it is an extraordinary feat.
Here are some ideas that you can use to help improve their skills, and have fun at the same time. You could write all kinds of things with the magnets, from shopping lists to full blown poems. They can write their very own story books, add in the illustrations, and even bind them.
Why not pass down that love of magnets to your own child? When they’re done, put the book on the shelf with your other books. Asking for help with any everyday writing activity is a powerful modeling technique.
One of the most exquisite examples is the representation of the world.
Greek cognitive psychologist Stella Vosniadou studied thousands and thousands of drawings in detail to reveal how children’s representations of the world change.
Almost the only exceptions to this rule are certain cultural inventions: letters.
The mirror reflection of “p” is no longer a “p” but a “q.” And if we reflect it upside down it is a “d” and then left to right again it is a “b”. That is atypical and unnatural for our visual system.
This is great for children preparing to go to school. They’ll feel a real sense of pride with writing their very own book. As writing expert Markus Lane says, ‘Children can get to see that writing is a skill that’s used every day. You can ask them to be responsible for a certain item, and adding it on when they see it’s running out in the kitchen.’ 4. If you want your child to become familiar with letters in the alphabet, this can be a fun way of getting them started. If your child isn’t getting on with writing, it may be the act of writing itself that is the problem.
You can show them how to write their name with the magnets, allowing them to get used to seeing their name before they start writing it. You can create a book with one letter per page, with a picture of an item starting with that letter for a visual aid. Encourage your child to write to relatives who live far away, or friends who they don’t get to see very often. Educator Penny Garvisen says, ‘Some children find it hard to work with a pen and pencil at first, and get frustrated. ‘Writing requires a lot of fine motor control, and there are activities you can do to help your child build hand muscles.’ says Montessori educator June George.