Writing with the five year old children

Elikini - posted on 01/15/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )




What does your child do for writing? what does he use? crayon? pen? chalk? my child can use all of these resources but is struggling with holding his pencil. He is a great thinker and can talk to extend conversations but is struggling with expressing his ideas in writing. What shall I do?


Jodi - posted on 01/16/2014




In addition to what Shawnn has said, this is a matter of developing his fine motor skills. Many children struggle at this age with their fine motor, and continued practice will help with the development. These can be developed not only by practicing writing, drawing and colouring, but using scissors, making lots of different crafts, painting, playdough, threading activities (pasta necklaces!!), playing with blocks (lego is a GREAT tool for developing those skills!), gardening.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/15/2014




He's five years old. Give him time for his motor skills to develop more, and time for his mind to grow. Don't push him to be so far ahead of the curve for the rest of his age group.

Each child learns differently, and needs to be approached on their level, not held to "standards" as far as how much of a thesis they can write when they're 5.


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Elikini - posted on 04/14/2014




Thank you for sharing your opinions. You are right Shawnn - expectations from curriculum standards are quite high for my 5 year old boy, and although he is struggling with pencil holding, he is also upset that his friends are well ahead with their story writing. Now at the end of term 1, he is only managed to write one line sentence, though he can talk extensively about his writing topic. We are struggling now with getting him to continue to write more to at least make up two sentences. Please help with some ideas. Much appreciated.

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