whats the best way to help my 5 yr old to write her name with out her crying couse she finding it ha
Melissa - posted on 03/01/2010
mine had a hard time with this too, I had to give her the hard name "Julianna".....anyway she is actually 6 and in kindergarten, and she copied her name tag till she got it down. Peer pressure actually helped in this case because all the other kids were writing their names, so she WANTED to learn it.
Lily - posted on 02/28/2010
Hi Kristy ,
My daughter just turned 6 and I went through the same thing. Emma came home one day from schoo and her home work was writing her first and last name. She was crying that is was way too hard to do it so I made it fun for her and showed her that writing her name is a big , exciting step. So I wrote her name down on the paper and said to her it's ok when your ready you will do it. And gave her a coloring book , left the living room to get her a snack came back and she copied what I wrote down on the paper! I was so proud of her. I know it maybe stressful but it will come when your daughter is ready or you can just make writing fun! Good luck!! I noticed once they start writing and see how cool it is there writing everything!!! lol
NAMRATA - posted on 02/22/2010
dot to dot is a great help..... you could also make a chart of her name so that she sees it continuosly for a while and then give her dot to dot.... first check her motor skills.... and there is still lots of time for it..... so don't worry.... children do cry wen we start their writing skills initially, but don't pester her
Kim - posted on 02/15/2010
I have a 5 year old and have worried about her writing skills. After speaking to the counselor at school, we started practicing fine motor skills which can be playing with small balls of playdoh or picking up small items with a clothes pin and putting in cup. So far I have seen an improvement. You may give it a try.
Margaret - posted on 02/13/2010
Try holding her hand loosely and help her form the letters. I also have done the dot to dot and it works. I have a 4-1/2 yr. old that is switching hands, and he does the dot to dot, and I also help by holding his hand loosely.
Catherine - posted on 02/12/2010
5 is still very young, from a fine-motor skills development point of view. With my kids, until they're ready to have a go by themselves, I do a 'dot-to-dot' of their letters so they can trace over them - it can help give them that sense of achievement. Some of the highest literacy rates in the world come from countries that don't start 'formally' educating children until they are 7- they're brains are more ready to take it in, and as a teacher recently said to me "they learn in 2 mths what it takes a 5 year old 2 years to learn."
The only other thing I would suggest to keep in mind, is checking her gross motor skills - if these are lagging at all, it could be just about impossible for her to control a pencil to form letters.
Adriana - posted on 02/08/2010
I would say don't force it...she'll learn. Maybe try some positive reinforcement if she tries and MAKE SURE you let her know that it's ok if she thinks it's hard and ur not mad at her, that's really gonna make her feel bad and anxious if she sees u dissapointed.
Kids usually go off our reactions so be as relaxed about it as possible and then she'll follow . Kids learn the best in a very friendly environment with no pressure
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