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grace01
grace01 asks:
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What to do with my 4 year old who refuses to do writing?

my son will be 4 years soon that means he will be ready for pre-k but @ the day care he has been going to he refuses to do any type of writing he acts up totally refuses and is making me very nerves i try @ home he acts up too.please help should i get him evaluated?
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness
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MrsKren
Jan 30, 2010
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If he likes to color, you could give him more fun opportunities to color and draw using his own creativity.  At 3 years old being "ready to write" doesn't have to be formal writing of letters.  Coloring, playing with playdo or clay, pinching clothes pins in a game style activity, squeezing a soft ball in hands etc.  These are all fine motor activities that are less formal and still fun for a three year old.

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi Grace,

Here are some fun learning activities you might try to see if they inspire interest in writing for your son: http://www.education.com/activity/preschool/writing/

Here are some additional resources on Education.com you may find helpful...

Developmental Trends: Writing at Different Age Levels
http://www.education.com/reference/article/developmental-writing-different-age/

Writing info center
http://www.education.com/topic/academic-subject-writing/

The Parent's Guide to Preschool
http://www.education.com/grade/preschool/

Pre-K (What Exactly Is It)
http://www.education.com/reference/article/pre-k-what-exactly/

Kindergarten Readiness
http://www.education.com/topic/kindergarten-readiness/
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kripp5911
kripp5911 writes:
Don't force he/she to write just give them time and work with hem for abou 5 - 10 min. a day.
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Laker
Laker writes:
No. He just isn't interested at 4. Many boys aren't at that age. Don't force the writing but do expose him to play writing materials where he can draw trucks and cars or anything he's interested in. Sit down with him and draw his favorite things together. ( You don't have to be particularly good at it, just look interested). He can play tic tac toe with you and be holding a pencil and practice o's and x's. When gets to school he will see that writing is part of the culture there. At day care, he's gotten the notion that writing is not fun, play is fun. Don't let the day care folks force him to write. You don't need to get him evaluated. This is natural for some boys. I would also consider holding him back from kindergarten. Maturation takes time.
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lynellen
lynellen writes:
According to the books Your Three Year Old by Illg and Ames, children this age are learning to write straight lines and circles.  Drawing squares are easier when they are four.  Just practice drawing lines and circles while you play with him.  If he loves trucks, draw a long line on a long piece of paper that becomes a road for him to race his trucks on.  Beside that road, have him practice a circle that becomes a pond for his favorite animal to drink from.  Three and four year olds love to play.  Try adding drawing basic shapes (not triangles until 4 1/2 to 5 years of age) with play.  You both may be happier!
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Eeguilar
Eeguilar writes:
Writing should be meaningful and fun.  It is so much more than just practicing handwriting and filling in worksheets.

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