Coloring fairy puppets with colored pencils, we are listening to Barefoot Books, "Dance Stories".
Watching Mackenzie coloring, I see how much hand-eye control and hand-writing muscles are being developed. She does need to work on the tripod pencil grip; pinching with index and thumb and using the side of the middle finger to stabilize. I think this will come with more drawing and writing experience. There is a whole lot of practice in coloring a fairy!
This way to writing is so much more fun than the 'Handwriting without Tears' worksheets. She will sit and color for 45 minutes at a stretch.
She does write letters when they are needed:
She wrote me this note that said, " Can you make my Dad sit down now!?" She had decided it was time to cuddle with him, but he was still working.
Oh, and she does take 'dancing' breaks. At the beginning of each story there is a musical interlude with the music of the culture that the story is from. She dances up and down the galley kitchen, moving to the beautiful music.
Engaging little hands and bodies and minds on a much deeper level than a handwriting worksheet that is elemental!