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New Wave Pre–writing Patterns Workbook – Ages 4–5

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Written by Diana Rigg and a team occupational therapists, New Wave Pre-writing Patterns Workbook presents a systematic and fun approach for teaching the foundation skills that are essential for children to learn the pre-writing patterns used to make pictures and then combined to make letters and numbers. 

Throughout the early years, children are encouraged to participate in a range of fine-motor activities that develop manipulative skills, a dominant hand and the ability to use both hands together. New Wave Pre-writing Patterns Write-on Posters are also available for additional practise.


  • Each new pattern is introduced in three steps:

- Step 1—Learn the new pattern as a big body movement. At this initial stage it is essential that the oral prompting clues are also established

- Step 2—Use art activities to practise the new movement, in big and small ways, to form a memory for making pre-writing patterns

- Step 3—Consolidate the new movement and pattern through pre-writing pattern activity sheets

  • Includes common pre-writing patterns to aid a smooth transition into handwriting

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