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favorite way to get them to write

Posted by on May. 25, 2012 at 5:12 PM
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Looking for fun creative ways to get my son to write. He will be 5 in 10 days. My son loves learning, and he can draw but when it comes to writing letters we have issue. If he stays in the lines he writes gibberish looks like Hebrew to me. And if he writes the letter correctly it takes up a quarter of the page. So I want to focus on writing but my son has issues where if he can't do it right the first time or the second time then he won't TRY anymore that day. He will have a full melt down. He has been tested and one person said yes another no. I say sometimes with autistic tendency. Yesterday we spent an hour on his magnidoodle writing and he was doing great until we came to a letter he had issues. I have found if we switch up what we are learning on I can try again. Ie magnidoodle, white board, paper, etc. So a variety of ways of teaching him will be very helpful.

Thank you!
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Laurin283
by Welcome Squad on May. 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM

I'm also trying to get my 5 year old son to write his letters (specifically his name right now) small and neat enough to fit on those "name" lines on the tops of most worksheets.  If it's the right size, it's either messy or all caps, and if it's neat and proper, it's too big. 

I have a list of ways to practice spelling, and I think I will be trying them for handwriting as well:

write in sand or dirt, whipped cream or shaving cream (to make it fun and hands on)

different color pens/markers/crayons for different letters or size letters

cut out a letter and glue it on a paper, then practice writing words with it all over the paper in a collage

he loves writing to grandparents, so let him write to them freqently (weekly), working on technique within the letter- you could even write as he dictates, then give him to try to copy what you wrote

my son also loves the white board- maybe incorporate hangman or other games with the writing

I welcome other suggestions, too!

 

black.eyeliner
by on May. 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

My son was this way. He is 14 now. I made a big chalkboard with a piece of random wood from my supplies. It was huge. I used spray on chalkboard paint. I then painted white lines and gave him a bucket of colored chalk. I told him to write anything he wanted. He spent hours a day for the first week just writing I love mommy, I love daddy, I love kitty, etc. He wrote words he saw in his books, he wrote words from my magazines, he wrote letters together that were not words. Over time he got better and better. I slowly brought in structured time: 10 minutes, 20, 30 ... I got to having him write whole pages from his story books, then copy sentences I wrote for him, then write his own stories. It got better and better. That poor board is long gone. We now use a white board that we love.

KickButtMama
by G.O. Shannon on May. 26, 2012 at 2:59 PM

 Our Ipad has some great early writing programs. My kids love to use the Ipad, so even if it's a subject they dread, they usually get into it with enthusiasm.

I've heard of kids enjoying pudding on a cookie tray - where they can use an unsharpened pencil as their utensil and write through the pudding.

Here are some websites that might be useful:

http://www.funenglishgames.com/writinggames.html

http://www.abclearningtime.com/

http://www.education.com/activity/article/wham-bam-kapow/

http://www.billybear4kids.com/games/online/alphabet/abc.htm

http://www.abcya.com/

http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/alphabet.htm

http://childparenting.about.com/od/familylearningactivities/a/writingfun.htm

oahoah
by Helping Hands on May. 29, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Great Ideas.  I also use flour or epson salt in trays or baking pans.  Sometimes we will make play-doh letters, either just our names or the whole alphabet. We have chalkboard & white boards. 

My just turned 5 y/o received a Leap Frog Scribble & Write (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=scribble+and+write) at Christmas & has loved it and it has helped him with control on his letters.  I also have a free App for my Kindle Fire and they can use fingers to trace letters or pictures (freestyle).

snowpeasmom
by Welcome Squad on May. 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM
I only have a smart phone I download an app but its hard for him. I keep trying to justify a tablet but then I just can't

Quoting oahoah:

Great Ideas.  I also use flour or epson salt in trays or baking pans.  Sometimes we will make play-doh letters, either just our names or the whole alphabet. We have chalkboard & white boards. 


My just turned 5 y/o received a Leap Frog Scribble & Write (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=scribble+and+write) at Christmas & has loved it and it has helped him with control on his letters.  I also have a free App for my Kindle Fire and they can use fingers to trace letters or pictures (freestyle).

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by on May. 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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Leapster PetPals game has kids walking the dog down letter paths. Letter writing practice.

A page protector can turn any paper into a wipe erase board for tracing.

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