How can i get my 4 y/o to write?

Kory - posted on 09/05/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son just started VPK on 8/20, since then his teacher has been trying to get him to write and all he will say is "no thank you" and she cant get him to do it. When I help him do his homework he never wants to write, I can get him to say his number and the alphabet but he wont even write his name! What am I doing wrong? What can I do to help him without over doing it?



Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks!

~~~Kory

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Amanda - posted on 09/05/2012

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My son was hard to convince to try writing as well. I bought him a couple dry-erase workbooks, he had to trace the letters, it's what finally got him to try writing.

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Sharon - posted on 09/10/2012

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Try using a triangular pencil this will help with getting his grip right. Also could he be left handed! He may think he is "wrong" because he doesn't want to use the same hand as everyone else. You could alse get character pencils with his favourite cartoon. Hope this helps.

Anna - posted on 09/07/2012

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Make it fun for him. Write in the air, in sand, use cheerios to create shapes of letters. Make it into games, children enjoy gaming! Good luck!



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Penny - posted on 09/07/2012

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Depends what is causing the problem. Mine found it uncomfortable to do. Spent a couple of weeks doing calligraphy exercises ( writing giant joined letters in the sky with a stick and using a dry paintbrush on the wall). This helps encourage the child to use the back and arm muscles to control the pen instead of the hand muscles. Now she writes and does it neatly! Hope you find the cause... Xx penny

Jen - posted on 09/05/2012

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Side note: they often say boys develop reading and writing and generally "right-brain" stuff later than girls. If it makes you feel better, my almost 5 year old step-son will usually attempt to trace one letter and say "um, I don't want to do this" because his interest and attention tend to be elsewhere. :) He'll come around!

Jen - posted on 09/05/2012

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Some kids are very self conscious about trying new things because they are terrified of being bad at it. Try writing for him and "messing up" to show him it is not a big deal if you make a mistake.

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