Writing name

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son is four and starts kindergarten in September. He wont sit down and write anything. He wont even try to draw shapes. He is in nursery school and is one of the oldest there. He wont sit and draw or write there either. All the other kids in his class even the younger ones by a year, can write their names. I try to get him to do it but he wont. We sit at the table every day to try but he shuts down right away. I told him today that if he tries he can watch two episodes of Mighty Machines. Well it kinda worked. He made me leave the room first. He did try but I really can't tell what they are. Do I just keep letting him do it on his own? I know that wont happen in Kindergarten cause the one he got I have been will stand behind the kids that can't do it. I hates that. If any of you went through this what did you do. I have patience like you wouldn't believe, I never raise my voice when we do this and I remind him that when he gets to kindergarten the teacher wont let him get away with pouting to get out of it. He is very smart he knows every machine under the sun and can tell you what a dry bulk huller is, what a low boy is, what a pup and truck is. But he wont do writing or math. HELP!


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Elfrieda - posted on 04/21/2012




Does he like play-dough? Making big snakes (rolling the dough into long strands) and then making the snakes into letter shapes to make his name might be a fun way to practice.

Adrienne - posted on 04/20/2012




Sometimes using something outside the box helps. Can he spell his name with foam letters or magnets? Perhaps you could get him interested in spelling it first? Spelling and writing go hand Coloring is also an excellent way to build those motor skills needed for handwriting. It could be something as simple as trying new color of paper or a special pencil. Hope that helps. Don't worry, Mama! He'll get there!

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2012




Kindergarten isn't about learning just that anymore. When I went to register him they told me that in June he will come back for his interview to asses his learning level. They said by June he should be able to write his full name, count to at least 100 and write up to 20. They will also be doing basic math, social studies and science. He will have homework every day, even on the days he doesn't go, he will need to bring a binder to separate all his subjects. He will have test too. If by June he can't do what they ask then he will be put in the E.L.F program for I quote "Slow Kids." He isn't slow he just has no patience.

Kaitlin - posted on 04/19/2012




have you tried using paint, special markers or chalk outside? What about coloring 'on the wall' (on that big paper you can get) or using a chalk board inside or a magnet drawing pad?
I wouldn't worry too much- that is what k is for- learning those things.

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