I have 3 and half year old son. He is in Nursery. He is not very interested in writing. Whenever I insist him to write, I have to hold his hand, then he writes. Independantely he doesn't hold pencil also. Please share your experience, how I should encourage him for writing.
Try reinforcing - ie do the activities that he likes after writing activity. For instance if he likes to go out and play with his friends, say that you would allow him to after his writing. For instance if he likes to watch his favorite cartoon, tell him that you would allow him after doing his writing work. Start off with 5 minutes of writing work and then work it upwards. First even if he just scribbles its ok. Get a pattern writing book, joining dots activity book and let him trace. There are some websites also from where you could take printouts for these activities. Parallely also give him fine motor skill development activities for strengthening fingers like playdough(make a ball with fore finger and thumb), putting chickpeas one by one from one place to another, making sand castle from beach sand(in case you stay close to beach), cutting paper with child scissors etc. Encourage coloring first. As the fine motor skills develops they will not find writing stressful. Find ways to develop writing skills without making it seem stressful for the child.
Not long ago there was a discussion on this which I found very interesting. I liked the bindi sticking on circe activity that would develop hand eye coordination and finger strengthening.
like phonetics, writing also has a sequence to be followed. we cannot start by using pencil and paper. there are some preskills to writing that need to be established, and then sequential writing is taught.
the correct sequences to be taken care of are:
Sequence of learning how to write (alphabet recognition, sand tracing, sandpaper tracing, stencil tracing, use of writing tools)
Sequence of using writing tool (chalk, crayon, pencil)
Sequence of method used on paper
Sequence of writing
Sequence of lines
Sequence of alphabets
Sequence of shapes
sequence of numbers
you need to make sure that its the lack of interest thats the real reason..see if he is able to color, use play-dough, bead strings, etc, to rule out any dexterity problem
There are lot of mood fluctuations in the children between the age of 2.6 to 3.6 years. If the child is in a proper mood to write the child writes very nicely, we need not worry but if the mood is not proper the child seems least bothered. This age is the age of growing and transforming into a school going child. i feel only after the child turns 3.6 yrs that the child starts understanding what the parent is trying to tell. The parent has to be very participative in all the activities the child does. Children in this age try to imitate a lot and learn by imitating. Pls spend time with the child in a friendly manner e.g. u can write seating next to ur child in a separate book and showing the child the way to enjoy writing. Draw pictures, write big letters. Scolding does not work . If we force and scold the child, the child may get irritated and loose interests in studies which is dangerous....I have experienced the same issue. Also if ur kid is happy with other kids around try and make the kid sit with his/her friend for studies. this definitely helps.
i have the same experience with my 3 and halh year old son...we need to hold his hand to write...but we are hopeful he will soon write on his own...
matching dots is very good activity...children learn quickly...go for advises from NJ...those are good...:)
buy a coloring book and tell your kid to color as much as he/she can...these helps in both identifying colors and eye co-ordination...
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