She should have opportunities to learn to write her name. She should start with learning the pre-writing strokes. ( O, I, ---, T, H, +) A lot of preschoolers are expected to trace their names first and this is not developmentally appropriate. She needs to learn to make the above strokes, then copy the letters in her name. Write her name down on a piece of paper and have her copy it on a whole sheet of paper. Then work on getting her to copy it on smaller and smaller paper and eventually on lined paper or on a line at the top of her paper. If she seems to have trouble holding her crayon/pencil well, let her play with playdoh or clay. The squeezing, pulling, tearing, will exercise the muscles in her hands and make them stronger. Also, using small, broken, chunkie pieces of crayon work well to get children to hold their crayons correctly. You can't hold a small piece in the palm of your hand.
at 3:38 AM on Feb. 21, 2009