Writing in general is a detailed fine-motor skill. It requires a lot of hand and arm control to be able to use a pencil to form such detailed things. Writing also requires that a child know her letters (at least the ones in her name) and have learned the letters in her name.
Kids develop at different rates. Some excel at fine motor skills, some like large motor skills. Some kids love to learn the odd things adults find interesting (letters, numbers, etc), some don't. In general, by age 3, most kids can recognize a few letters. Many kids still enter kindgergarten not knowing all of their letters despite lots of work with mom. They just aren't interested. This is why "gifted" programs don't start until after a child has been in school for a year or two - before school starts, you can NOT tell who is gifted and who just isn't interested yet.
at 12:07 PM on Apr. 30, 2009