December Tips For Tutors

December Tips For Tutors


This month’s tips will be most relevant to those working with kindergarten and first grade, but may be needed with older students as well.


I am sure many of you have seen students who just don’t seem to be able to write their letters correctly.  They may struggle to hold their pencils correctly, or have difficulty with coloring.  All of these things involve fine motor skills.


“What are Fine Motor Skills:  Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. They involve strengthfine motor control, and dexterity.” (

What can you do?

·        Have the student “write” letters with a finger only, on the table top.

·        Have the student “write” letters in the air.

·        Have the student “write” letters in sand on a plate.

·        Have the students use Play Doh to make balls, snakes, shapes and letters.

There are also many websites that have printable worksheets to help with fine motor coordination.


About Experience Corps Bay Area

Experience Corps Bay Area recruits and trains adults 50+ to tutor and mentor elementary school children, with a focus on K-3 literacy.
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