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How do I teach my 5 year old son to write?

"Hi, My son is 5 years old, how do I teach him to write? he will be going to kindergarten, August 24, 2009, when/what age are they supposed to know how to write, or do they teach them in kindergarten?  I'm getting nervous, I've been working with him and he can only write two letters, he can count to 100 and knows his alphabet, lots of other important information, what do I do? Please give me some ideas on how to get him started, he tries but quickly loses interest. HELP!  Thanks"

Asked by Linda after reviewing the activity, "Games for the Grocery Store": http://www.education.com/activity/article/groce...
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Helping my child with writing
> 60 days ago

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hlevitan
hlevitan , Teacher writes:
Linda,

Your son will be taught to write in kindergarten.  It is great that you have been working with him, and he knows how to write a couple of letters.  Knowing the ABC’s and counting are great skills to have going into kindergarten.  Having a firm grip of a pencil and being able to manipulate it are also great for entering kindergarten.  Also keep in mind that being able to read and write is developmentally different for each child, as each child develops at his or her own rate.  It is important that you give your son the pre-literacy skills needed to help this development, and it sounds like you are.

While your son is in kindergarten you can expect that he will be working on these skills in class.  You can continue to support him at home by helping him with any homework and by giving him supplemental worksheets.  Here are some kindergarten writing worksheets you can use with your son.  Some of the worksheets involve writing the letter “A,” and the words “to,” “me,” and “go.”  This will give him further practice writing alphabet letters.  
http://www.education.com/worksheets/kindergarten/writing/

“Make an ABC, 123 Book!” http://www.education.com/activity/article/abc-123-book/
This activity will also give him practice writing.
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Here are some articles you may want to look at:
“What to Expect in Kindergarten” http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Falling_Love_with_School_What/

“Developing Handwriting Skills” http://www.education.com/reference/article/developing-handwriting-skills/

To better keep his interest in writing, perhaps you can get him an alphabet coloring book.  Manipulating crayons to write on a page is a great way to helping him learn how to write.  His pre-writing skills will eventually fall together, and he should be able to write successfully.

I wish you and your son the best with kindergarten and in his writing endeavors.

Best wishes,

Hayley
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hlevitan
hlevitan , Teacher writes:
Linda,

Here is another article I came across titled "Kindergarten: Writing Milestones." http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Writing_Milestones_K/

It provides more information about what you can expect in your son's writing, and it has great suggestions for how you can further encourage your son to write.  I found it especially helpful, and I hope you do too.

Best wishes,

Hayley
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jasss
jasss writes:
start from lines like vertical etc,dots
do some join the dots activities
what ever his interest is make a doted pic and tell him to join with me
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donovan
donovan writes:
get him to trace the lettle
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Dorisnanamom
Dorisnanamom writes:
I found this site and it has been VERY helpful in helping my kindergarten write his name as well as being useful in helping a pre-schooler.  You put in the name to spell and it prints out for practice.  
Start with just his name, my opinion; but that is what seems to be a focus in for Kindergarten, their first name and letters.

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lynellen
lynellen writes:
These are all great suggestions!  However, many kindergarten students in my area are expected to write the first day of class.  So summer practice is important. It is much more fun and easier to learn letter formations if you start with large movements: writing on an easel with paint, writing on the side of your house with a paint brush and a bucket of water.  Our larger muscles and joints have better motor memory than our little fingers.  Teach the letter formation by making the letter large first, being sure to tell him the exact instructions.  Then have him make the letter large while you talk him through the movements.  After practicing, see if he can make the letter with his eyes closed.  If he can, you know he sees the letter in his mind and he feels the letter formation.  Then sit with him and practice on a piece of paper.  Have fun by using fingerpaint, shaving cream, sand to write in.

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