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How do I teach my 4 year old son to write?
My son Joseph is a very active little boy. He attends daycare about 3 days a week for social and learning activity. It's also where his Speech, Occupational and Special Instruction therapists visit him. The teachers there are teaching him how to write. This is the first week he has been given "homework". I got excited and I was having a mommy moment.. hehe. The homework consisted of 2 materials for him to work on. One was a paper with the letters A and a. Another was a 3 sentence story with 3 questions about that story.
"Ben was playing a pirate. He was using a Shovel. He was trying to find treasure!"
"Who was playing the pirate? What was he using to dig a hole? What was he trying to find?"
I read him the story first. I was baffled because when I had asked him the first question he could not figure out the answer. However he answered the other 2 questions correctly right away. I read the first sentence over several times, yet he still could not answer the first question. I even pointed out the picture and gave hints. Still could not answer. I figured I'd stop and move on to teaching him how to write the letter A a. I helped him trace the dotted lines twice and I helped him write it without the dots. I let him try but he couldn't do it. I was also baffled by this because the daycare teachers told me he did very good writing the letter A a. However, they did not show me. I am thankful for any advice.