How do you motivate a kindergartner to apply themselves?
We are having trouble motivating our 5 year old to apply herself in her kindergarten class. When she is asked to complete any of her writing assignments she politely refuses. Her teacher says she is well behaved and well mannered in class and she has socialized as well as the rest of her class. The pattern is the same at home in all other areas she is doing great until it comes time to write and the she just flat out will not even try? My question is how do we get her to TRY?
This is a common problem with beginning writers. Here are a couple of idea:
Have her choose the her favorite pencil.
Use a pencil grasp... It is cushioned making it more comfortable for her to write.
Use positive reinforcement- sticker chart, favorite activity.
If you can videotape her... Show her how grown- up she looks.
Try some tracing coloring books then move to tracing alphabet and number books
There are more ways to practice writing then with a pencil. Here are a few ideas:
*Sand or Rice or Grits in a cookie sheet - she can use her finger to "write" words
*Dry Erase markers - let her write on a window (it erases nicely) the verticle writing will
help build strength.
*Use a stick and have her draw/write in the dirt outside
*White shaving cream in a cookie sheet- put shaving cream in a cookie sheet, spread it
around and let her write with her finger
If she is reluctant to write because it is difficult then have her do activities that build her fine motor skills.
*tearing paper into small pieces (using a pincher grasp, meaning her pointer finger and
*playing with playdough
*using thongs of varying sizes and flexibility to pick up objects (cotton balls, beans, rocks)