Can your 4 year old write letters?

Darla - posted on 08/13/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old (BDAY 06-08-07) was in preschool last year and is going back this year. She can recognize letters and match them. Trace her name but only can write the letter "M" free style. She can write a letter "O" too but thats just easy b/c its just like a circle. I know most of the kids in her class except 3 (she was 1 of the 3) could write their name. I am worried because in Fall 2012 she will be (age) able to go to kindergarten and I want her ready. Whats some great ways to help teach her how to write her name?

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Danae - posted on 04/03/2012

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I teach pre-school and have a daughter born 6-30-07 at school I use a highlighter to write the kids names and they trace over it. It is easier then the dot-to-dot tracing because it is a consistent line. And color, color, scribble, scribble... the more she uses those muscles in her hand the better writing skills she will have.

Kassondra - posted on 01/29/2012

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Well my 4 year old (bday 6-29-07) can write her name and all her letters. leapfrog as dis toy da leapster dat she just luvs and it has a game where she traces da letter den i also give her lil wrds we call "Spellin Words" thdat she get every wk. Small wrds like me,to,cat mat . And she feels like she's n skool and it helps reinforce wat she learns!

Mechelle - posted on 03/17/2012

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My son was born 6/6/07, he can write his name, can write, yes, no, stop,is, and, the. All of those are called sight words. Last week we did AT words, this week we're doing AD and IT words. Slowly he can figure them all out and we make long silly sentances he gets to read and then write them on his own to show daddy. Where we are in MT there is no preschool my boy can go to so I have been the preschool teacher since last August. The books we started from were just simple pre-k books. Starting out drawing lines this way //// (by matching pictures) then the lines went \\\\\. Then circles and wavey lines and after about 25 pages into the book you will now start practicing drawing the letter A. Its a long process. The book I have is called the Great Big Blue Book of Kindergarten. You can get it at Walmart for $9.99 I try to work with Logan at least three times a week on school work, he's getting really good at basic reading and writing, he can write the whole alphabet, and now he is starting to learn basic addition. My advise is to do preschool at home if it is in anyway possible.

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Carrie - posted on 07/30/2014

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I too had my son trace highlighter, He is 5 now and will be starting kindergarten but last year he was able to look at a paragraph that I had written and copy it word for word without tracing. I also used workbooks from the parent-teacher store.

Kat - posted on 03/09/2012

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My daughter who is 6-7-07 can't write letters freehand at all. You have to hold the pencil or crayon or whatever with her. She has disablittes though and is in class to work on getting her up to speed to where she should be. One thing they started doing was they made lined letters of the ABC's and they work with the kids everyday on writting letters. They sent home a sheet that has her name Kenzie lined out so at home we take her and have her trace over her name with our help.

It's defintaly helped so you may want to look into something like that.

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2012

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My twins daughters (06/24/07) can write most letters and numbers and they have not attended any school yet they will go to Kindergarten in the Fall.Hailey and Kailey actually tested out of Pre-K because they knew how to write most of the letters and numbers and could say them without help. I have worked with them myself with showing them their letters and numbers and then I will write them and then they will copy what I wrote and then they started writing them on their own. They also can almost write their first name completely.

Suzanne - posted on 02/22/2012

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In the UK our 4-5 yr olds are in reception. The have been taught the alphabet, and are reading. My daughter (5th June 2007) gets a book to read every night, and at weekends has to practice handwriting and write a few sentences. They can copy but are encouraged to do this independently, spelling mistakes are allowed. She does go to an academic independent school, but even in state schools they are reading by blending letters at this age and writing the alphabet and core words.



It's interesting to see the differences between countries. But in a couple of years they will all probably be on the same level.

Samantha - posted on 01/27/2012

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If she can trace well at her age that is great. (I assume she's got a good grip on the pencil!) Just keep her tracing, with lots of praise. Then have her copy while looking at what she just traced. She may get frustrated the first few times freehand but keep praising her for doing it. Use colored pencils and have her trace other words that she can learn to recognize like cat, dog, pig, etc. and you can make it fun by drawing and coloring little pictures of what the words say.

If she knows her phonics it makes learning spelling and reading so, so much easier. We did Jolly Phonics in the preschool I taught, every day we did a-z with flashcards, and I said the letter and we all did the phonetic sound together with a certain action that went with the card (like S had a snake, and we would make a snake motion with our fingers and go "ssssss" It was really fun, and when they got used to it I could actually quiz them by showing a random card and they would all do the sounds and motions that went with the card!

Heidi - posted on 01/25/2012

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My daughter was in preschool for the second year this winter, and I noticed the same thing when i would go visit her class. A lot of her classmates could write their name, and she could only successfully write an N which now she writes it backwards so what the heck right? I take the oppourtunity to have her write her name as much as I can, we write letters to her cousins, to her daddy, and to her grandparents, she tells me what to write and i do so willingly, and then we work on her name together. I also like to cut out the letters of her name, and see if she can put the letters in the right order, its more of a game, but its fun and she really enjoys seeing if she can get it right! :)

Jamie-Ann - posted on 01/21/2012

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My daughter's birthday is June 13th, and she has only just learnt to write her name. I wouldn't worry about it at all.

Her name is Sophie, so yes, she sort of has difficult letters to get her head around, but all I can say is "practise makes perfect." But even now, she still writes the S back to front, but there's nothing wrong with that as long as you know they're improving :)



When she was in Nursery, she was one of the youngest, and well still is, but her teacher would use that as her being a little behind on certain things, which I don't particularly find fair, but can understand it...

Bridgette - posted on 01/07/2012

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my son (6/23/07) is homeschooled. we did k4 this fall, and he was pretty far ahead of what he was doing, that we finished by Christmas. He is starting kindergarten in 2 weeks. He was able to write his name on his own when he was 3. He is now reading, writing etc. Every child is different and learns at different rates. As long as they're exposed to a learning environment and enjoying themselves while they're learning, they will learn! And when they're adults who will know who read/wrote their names and all that early or "late"?
I know that something that helped my son to practice writing letters was a game that he has on his Leapster. He has "Letters on the Loose" and it has the letters "follow the dotted line" to trace them. It's fun for them because it's a "video game" but they are tracing letters all the while. :) Good luck!

Jenny - posted on 08/31/2011

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My son (06/15/07) was in pre-school last year... he knows most of his letters, a few numbers and can reconize his name... but he isn't really able to write any letters yet. He will trace them if he is given them. But I was told more then once last year he was doing great and a head for his age. They were suprised at how much he was learning for being the youngest in his class... so we are hoping for more this year & planning on KG in the fall of 2012.

Remember kids can learn A LOT in a years time! She will be fine!!!!

Leonie - posted on 08/15/2011

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My DD (BDay 24/06/07) can write her name with no help & is recognising and drawing other letters - however at the same age my DS did not write a single recognisable letter. Making marks of any kind is good at this age and it will develop - I have bought several work books for my little girl to do during the summer break, we do 15 minutes or so a day and she loves it - tracing dotted lines, or yellow lines encourages good pencil control and she thinks it's all a game!!!

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