Practical guidelines for parents on development of pre-writing & writing skills
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The Gozo College Literacy Department, in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Department of the Gozo General Hospital, recently organised two parental meetings aimed at K1 parents of students attending the Gozo College schools and Gozo church schools.
Ms. Elaine Ciantar, Head of Department Literacy and Ms. Theresien Mizzi, Occupational Therapist, shared practical activities with parents that they can develop at home with their children to help them enhance their gross motor and fine motor skills in preparation for the development of writing.
Parents were also shown a selection of resources currently available in the Kindergarten classes of the Gozo College. The College said that these resources are being shared among the Kindergarten classes through a rotation system and they allow for a hands-on approach to teach pre-writing skills.
The College has embarked on a multisensory approach to develop pre-writing skills in the Kindergarten classes where students are being exposed to different forms and textures for that special tactile input.
A booklet (Activities for the development of pre writing and writing skills) summarising the practical activities which can be done at home was given to parents through the individual schools.