Hand Skills, Precisely: To Improve Handwriting Skills

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How to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting Skills: Part 2.

In the first part of this series, I wrote about two-hand use and handedness, which are very important areas for handwriting skills readiness.  ICYMI, read it here.

Fine motor skills or hand skills is a vast topic.  The hand may look small but deep within, it is a complicated network of tendons, bones, veins and nerves.  It should be since we use it for manipulation of things around us and we need accuracy and fine movements to achieve that.  Just imagine doing a precision task without your hands. In this part, I am covering coordination and prehension patterns, which takes us closer to developing handwriting skills in our children..

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How to DIY Star Wars Accent Drawer

We’ve recently got our house constructed and even with our budget trimmed down, we were still determined to design and personalize our very first home.  I’m lucky that the husband is a bit of a handyman but since he is an engineer by profession, he tends to focus more on functionality, rather than the aesthetics of his work.  Good thing, he has a practical and creative wife, who, with a just a few touches, polishes his work to be acceptable masterpieces, at least to our humble taste.

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Lessons I Learned From Brewing My Own Milk Tea At Home

In the middle of the quarantine, the husband purchased a DIY Milk Tea Set from Tastexperts Manila. It included 2 big Assam tea bags (times 10 or 20 of a regular tea bag), 1 pack of vacuum-sealed raw tapioca pearls, 1 big bag of non-dairy creamer, 1 liter bottle of sugar syrup, 1 plastic powder scooper, pearl shake straws, 1 wire tapioca scooper, a shaker, a jigger (both brand new) and a sheet of instructions. The task looked daunting! It took me around 3 days to bring myself to do it.

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10 Hashtags That Might Have Predicted the Pandemic

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The age of social media does not only give us a medium to virtually connect with one another.  It also bestows power upon a person, institution or even just an idea.  Trend setters, were suddenly able to spark a movement with their fingertips while sitting on the couch at home or in a café.  Through hashtags, each one of us can collectively bind our thoughts and elicit actions, whenever applicable, and conveniently build a paved memory lane if we want to look back and remember later on.  Ironically, or so I think, at this very unprecedented time, the hashtags worked in reverse.  It seemed to me as if the universe took these trends too seriously and metaphorically smeared the future, into what is happening today.

(Hashtags included here are based on Philippine trends in the last 5 years.)

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To Improve Handwriting: Right-handed or Left-handed?

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How to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting Skills: Part 1.

Last time, I wrote about how to improve the movement, more aptly the gross motor skills of your child.  ICYMI, read it here.  This time, I would like to talk about your child’s hand skills, or what we call, in child development, the fine motor skills.  Since fine motor skills is a hefty topic, I am writing a series about it and I start with bilateral hand use and handedness.

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A Mom’s Guide to the Rest of Quarantine

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Today is Day 30 of the ECQ (Enhanced Luzon Quarantine in the Philippines due to Covid-19).  There are barely 3 more weeks to stay indoors.  If you (or any other mom you know) still haven’t gotten a clue on what to do in the house, here is a list:

1. Bond with your kids

This is a given even before the quarantine started.  When everyone is at home, its an automatic bonding time with the kids, not because you ask them to bond with you but because they tend to be glued to you whatever they or you are getting busy with. 

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