whats the best technique for teaching my 3 yr old to write his name?? I make dots..not working!!

Christina - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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i been making the dots and he writes over them.. is there another way of doing it?

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Megan - posted on 05/12/2010

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He's only three! Give him a truck and send him outside. Boys don't develop fine motor skills as quickly as girls. When he's ready, it'll be easy for him.

Melissa - posted on 05/12/2010

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Write their name with a highlighter and have them trace it with a pencil. The dots are hard for them to understand when they are learning, it's easier to see some that they can trace. That is what I used to do with my students.

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IMHO he's too young to learn to write. That's why you're not having easy success. Has he asked to learn? Besides - even if a child says s/he's interested in learning to write doesn't necessarily he has the small motor or cognitive tools developed enough to take that on yet. I'd wait until he's at least 4 to even introduce the idea - and you may have to wait even longer!

Don't rush into it. If you wait until he's ready, he'll have quick success, and it'll fuel his burning desire to learn more. (Rather than making it into a chore for him and giving him a negative association with learning.)

Medic - posted on 05/13/2010

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I see that alot of moms say hes three hes too young, but my son was three in september and started school in september and learned to write in school this year so I think its a perfect time. My sons teacher did the highlighter thing and to get the kids interested in just tracing the highlighter she drew their favorite things, my son was a dinosaur, then started doing the letters in their names and lastly their whole names. So now at 3.5 he can write his whole name.

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Beth - posted on 05/16/2010

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both of you hold the pencil and you guide him to write it, keep this up and soon he should get it.

Lillie - posted on 05/16/2010

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Let him start by tracing his name until he has mastered that, then try the dots.

Dana - posted on 05/15/2010

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You might give a family member a try.My 3 year old daughter refused to even try until someone else asked her. She also like to trace her name, that was written in black, with crayons or markers of her choosing.

Solange - posted on 05/15/2010

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With my 2 1/2 yr old i would write his name in pencil and he would take a crayon on go over it. He actually wrote his name for the first time by himself 2 days ago.

Kimberly - posted on 05/13/2010

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Let him scribble and act really interested in what he's doing. One way would be to maybe cut out some stencils. A messier way would be to let him draw in shaving cream on your table with his letters. That would be fun and messy (perfect for little boys). Don't push the name writing thing. Get some play dough and let him squish it to develop fine motor skills. Let him have fun with it. My daughter is almost four and can't write her name without me guiding her to do it. He'll get it sooner or later. Make it fun so he'll stay interested. :D Hope this helps.

Christina - posted on 05/13/2010

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he starts school in september and he is a very fast learner and wants to learn how to write his name, he is not an average 3 yr old.. but thanks to the girl who suggested the highlighter thats a very good idea,,

Margaret - posted on 05/13/2010

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Here's that video piece I mentioned, hope U and your son enjoy watching it together!

Margaret - posted on 05/13/2010

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Use large flashcards to show him how 2 spell simple words (cat, dog, fish, etc.). Practice these words for a few days, then try the same thing w/ his name (assuming that U don't have to use the same letter twice, like two A's, two D's, etc.). Show him how to write his name w/ washable markers, too (there's a cute video tip on PBS w/ Cookie Monster ["write name!"], it might be available on youtube.com - it has an announcer saying, "get kids excited about letters by showing them how to write their name" or something like that...). The more U SHOW him how wonderful letters are to make words, the more he'll want to write his name! Good luck!

Shirley - posted on 05/13/2010

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Fingerpainting! Big pieces of chalk and chunky crayons are good for hands that small, too. Just keep at it, Mom. It may seem like he's not getting it, or not ready, but if you just keep at it, you'll see that lightbulb moment and watch as he writes his name - or at least the first letter of his name. And then the chalk and painting messes will seem worth it. :)

Karin - posted on 05/12/2010

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Magnadoodle's seem to be one of our big helpers for some reason. Go figure. We totally make their name cool to them though. We are having a tough time with our youngest daughter, but then her name is 9 letters long. Every other kiddo has a 4-5 letter name. (NOW we know better!)

We also have apps from iTunes that allow the kids to trace with their fingers, and dot-to-dots that have taught my 2 year old to count to 30 already. It's amazing what they have out there.

Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 05/12/2010

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Good ideas Jennifer, I have never thought of the glue thing. If you don't mind a sticky mess you can also use pudding for finger paint with.

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His fine motor skills are still developing and holding a pencil or crayon and trying to write is still very difficult. I suggest writing it with his finger instead. I smear shaving cream on the bathtub wall and my son writes in it with his finger. You could also write outdoors with jumbo chalk. The large chalk is easier for them to manipulate. You could also fingerpaint his name or draw it in the sand this summer if you go to the beach. Another idea is to write his name with glue and let it dry. Then he can trace over it with his finger and "feel" the letters.

Melissa - posted on 05/12/2010

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I know that many will say that he is only three and I would agree but I have also been a teacher. By the time they start kindergarten they need to know how to write their name and how to do some beginning reading. It may sound crazy but schools expect so much out of such little kids these days. I don't really think that they are developmentally ready for learn some of the things that we are made to teach them but if your child can do some basics then they will have a better chance. I think that it's great that you are working with you son on this. My son is three and we have been working on number and letter recongnition. They are little sponges at this age the more the learn the better. Now I'm not saying sit your kid at a table and make him work all day but just fit in those educational moments when you can. If you ever need any other ideas just let me know. I've tried a lot of stuff with my students to get them to be successful. Good Luck!

Nikki - posted on 05/12/2010

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I agree with Kristin, they need to get basic shapes and lines down first, so draw some for him to trace. You need to draw the quite big to begin with, once he can do the shapes try his name.

Rachel - posted on 05/12/2010

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I wrote it with him over and over and over and over..... then said, whew! I'm tired.... maybe you could write one for mommy...? success!

Jenn - posted on 05/12/2010

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with my daughter i would let her hold the crayon and then move it for her to make her name.. an just repetition with that cause she wanted to write an she started writing her name at 2 years old. She is now 3 1/2 and we are doing small words like cat dog, etc.I think repetition is the key really. the highlighter is a good idea i did that too.

Lisbeth - posted on 05/12/2010

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he is still pretty young to write his name don't worrie to much they will teach him at school

Kristin - posted on 05/12/2010

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Let them color and practice with shapes, get dot to dot books, maze books, the highlighter is a good idea. Most kids don't get really into writing for a bit longer yet. Just encourage him, let him go at his own pace, and provide lots of opportunity for him to do it.

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