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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2012, 08:57:27 AM »

Age 3ish smile some kids will happily manage it at 2 if they are given activities to increase their fine motor skills. Things like making small ants from play dough, threading beads, drawing, tweezers, scissors, tearing paper into strips, hand picking up peas for finger food....
My girls wrote their names beautifully at 3 and wrote letters to nana that were entirely readable at the same age. My son doesn't want to write letters to nana Sad but can print his name and words HE wants to write!
I see no reason to wate until they start school. Once they learn to read early they potentially could get frustrated that they can't write their own stories down. If you wait until 5 or 6 to teach writing they have been reading for maybe 4 years! I also suggest teaching typing at the same time if you can  yes But it's often boring for them  Sad
Some starter ideas. Write and wipe books are great. As are laminated name cards. Also white boards. A good idea to begin with is to use reduced resistents products. It's easier to write on a white board and on paper with textas than to write with pencil and paper.
Tracing lines and swirls can be fun for kids and helps with pencil control. Rememeber when we were encouraged as kids to outline our drawings in texta? Also those pencil grips are especially useful for little kids who don't have good pencil grip. Try to get one with a moulded shape so the fingers automatically go in the right spot. Writing is one of those things that dramatic improvement will occur with consistent practice. So just a few letters a day will probably be better than a page a fortnight.

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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2012, 09:20:10 AM »

The Kumon write and wipe cards are great. So easy to use over and over again.

yes writing is a bit boring for little ones because alot of it is copy copy copy work, i use the PAL (primary arts of langauge) package from the excellence in writing institute and it is quite good. www.excellenceinwriting.com I also use All about spelling as well,


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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2012, 06:57:33 PM »

I found my DD preferred writing words to pages of the same letter over and over, so I taught her short words first and explained the letter formation at the same time. We got through the alphabet pretty quickly this way and it also meant she had practice with the most common letters first. Once she could do all the small letters I gave her short sentences to copy and taught her about capitals at the beginning of sentences and full stops. I then also added in a few words written in capitals starting with signs she could read around our neighbourhood (all capitals) and this way taught her all the capital letters. I am now going to add sentences with numerals in them as while she knows how to write all the numerals she does not concentrate on writing them neatly because she is too busy thinking about the math involved.
My DD is 5 in September. I have not let her write between lines yet however as it seems to make her writing more messy - I have started working on getting her to write letters on a single line and she has got that down now, so soon I will choose suitable lines and teach her how to form the letters between the lines - maybe after she is 5.

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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2012, 12:12:53 PM »

Agree with the write and wipe materials, used the Kumon materials (Tracing books, number/letter cards, etc.). 

I started to really teach writing to my daughter at 3 y.o.  She could already hold a pencil by that point.  She used a large triangular art pencil, and first learned to write her numbers, Kumon-style.  At 3 1/2, we started with letters, capital letters first.  Every once in awhile, I'd have her trace the alphabet.  I noticed that her coordination improved dramatically at 4 y.o. Now I have her trace the alphabet almost every day, and have her write words and sentences. 

I've been using the Writing Practice Flash Kids Harcourt book, with tracing paper:

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Practice-Harcourt-Family-Learning/dp/1411400879/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339760374&sr=1-1&keywords=print+writing+practice+book+flash+kids

It wasn't easy to start at 3 y.o., but she definitely enjoys writing now.

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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2012, 05:31:49 PM »

Agree with the write and wipe materials, used the Kumon materials (Tracing books, number/letter cards, etc.). 

I started to really teach writing to my daughter at 3 y.o.  She could already hold a pencil by that point.  She used a large triangular art pencil, and first learned to write her numbers, Kumon-style.  At 3 1/2, we started with letters, capital letters first.  Every once in awhile, I'd have her trace the alphabet.  I noticed that her coordination improved dramatically at 4 y.o. Now I have her trace the alphabet almost every day, and have her write words and sentences. 

I've been using the Writing Practice Flash Kids Harcourt book, with tracing paper:

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Practice-Harcourt-Family-Learning/dp/1411400879/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339760374&sr=1-1&keywords=print+writing+practice+book+flash+kids

It wasn't easy to start at 3 y.o., but she definitely enjoys writing now.



tthats nice to know about ur DD//..i will do the same.the thing is that i have seen in schools they started from 3 yrs of kids..they taught them to write between the lines..and its really hard for kids to write DIRECTLY between the lines..when i started with my DD..she said.."MOM I AM TIRED" just after 5 letters..cuz i asked her to write between the lines..may be////
i am really happy and encouraged now after reading your post..tHANKS A LOT!
THE TRACING PAPER  idea is also superB!!!
I WILL try this asap...


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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2012, 05:33:59 PM »

Agree with the write and wipe materials, used the Kumon materials (Tracing books, number/letter cards, etc.). 

I started to really teach writing to my daughter at 3 y.o.  She could already hold a pencil by that point.  She used a large triangular art pencil, and first learned to write her numbers, Kumon-style.  At 3 1/2, we started with letters, capital letters first.  Every once in awhile, I'd have her trace the alphabet.  I noticed that her coordination improved dramatically at 4 y.o. Now I have her trace the alphabet almost every day, and have her write words and sentences. 

I've been using the Writing Practice Flash Kids Harcourt book, with tracing paper:

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Practice-Harcourt-Family-Learning/dp/1411400879/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339760374&sr=1-1&keywords=print+writing+practice+book+flash+kids

It wasn't easy to start at 3 y.o., but she definitely enjoys writing now.

IAM REALLY Happy to see..that kids got FED UP of writing the same LETTER again n again..
i think b a t ...is nice and easy and interesting for kids to write..
THANKS  a lot..


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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2019, 12:47:46 PM »

At the max you should start at the age of 4 but if your son/daughter can go for it all by themselves at an early age then its a great thing

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