How can I help my 7 yr. old write.

Flo - posted on 07/12/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 7yrs. old and is working very hard at overcoming sensory dysfunction. He is doing very well but he hates writing partially because he has a very hard time. It is hard to read what he wrote. Does anyone have any suggestions to help him. I want it to be fun and I want to build his confidence also.

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My daughter attends a Waldorf school, and has really enjoyed the process of learning to read and write. Here are a few fun tactics that follow the Waldorf curriculum that you can try at home...

1. Exercise your son's fine motor skills by teaching him to knit. It's challenging for a 7-year-old, but it's great for their little fingers when learning how to control a pen.

2. This book is beautiful - Living Alphabet:
http://www.amazon.com/Living-Alphabet-Fa...

3. Teaching Children Handwriting by Audrey McAllen
Teaching Children Handwriting is not just another book about teaching block printing and cursive script. It is a reference for the whole language arts curriculum for the first three grades and beyond. It begins with the young child's orientation in space and presents written language in the context of the development of human consciousness. With practical suggestions for activities, posture, choice of writing instruments, and much more, it also gives helpful insights into learning difficulties that can be seen through writing. Teaching Children Handwriting offers guidance and encouragement; it is a real treasure for all who love the written word. http://www.waldorfbooks.com/edu/curricul...

Becki - posted on 07/18/2010

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Hi, My son will be 9 in december and i am still having problems with his writing.He does not like it at all and has just gone through a phase where he wouldnt even hold a pen or pencil. His teacher could not even do a test to test for problems as he would not even write a few words. The teacher made him have a special sticker scheme where he had to do little goals. The 1st being just to write the title. He has now started writing a couple of sentences but he still makes mistakes, some of his letters are back to front and his writing is different sizes. He is working harder now at making sure there are the gaps between words aswell.
I know how your probably feeling as ive gone through them all too. And i was made to feel like i wasnt doing enough at home with him. I had to let his teacher know that if he was having problems with him in school i only experienced worse at home because Dylan would get really cross and slam the doors, kick things shout and scream, amongst other things aswell.
All i can say is stick with it, it will become easier, i found though that it doesnt do them any good if your having to force them to do it. So if he's having a bad day and doesnt want to do it dont force him and just leave it till the next day.
He will get there in the end.
Becki.

Poonam - posted on 07/18/2010

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You can first write words or alphabets light (with some light pencil)and then tell him to darken those. Do this daily. It will take time but he will learn.

Flo - posted on 07/17/2010

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Thanks everyone I am going to try everything suggested and yes make it fun. He is a great kid and a smart kid and I don't want him thinking because he has trouble in this area that he is not smart...

F. Janee' - posted on 07/16/2010

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my son also has the same problem and we do a lot of tracing and he uses the big penciles that we used in school. And remember that it takes time, it took Jake all year the write his name and finally his e is the right way but we still working on the a. Good luck and have fun:)

SiewYean - posted on 07/16/2010

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Let him start with something big will be helpful. You may want to go back to the basic of letting him do tracing, dot-to-dot to let him improve his grip. You may want to get him to draw and color as well.
In order to be fun, slip in these activities as part of his daily play time with some of these free printables (http://www.kids-activities-learning-game...) so that he does not feel the pressure. He will improve as the time goes by. I am sure he will gain his confidence along the way.

Brenda - posted on 07/14/2010

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Does he have a hard time holding the pencil? My daughter did and they recommende these things that slip on the pencil, they are triangle. It helps the child hold it better. I got them at an education supply store.

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maybe start big? like, on a chalk board or on larger posterboards that you can hang on the wall? for some kids, its alot easier to write bigger than it is smaller - so let him develop his confidence by writing bigger then work on the finer smaller writing.. you can even buy a huge dry erase board for him to use..

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